August 20, 2010
THIS morning the sun was peaking through the trees casting a soft glow over these two foxes. They seem calm just taking in the air and things around them. Their Mysterious nature shines through. Their beauty ever so obvious.
I hope you enjoy todays video.
August 19, 2010
It is always a treat to see the foxes just sitting around out in the open. It means that they feel safe, as safe as a fox can feel, anyway. I hope you enjoy the movie and music. Please send my blog to at least one other person you know who likes nature and art and particularly foxes.
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August 18, 2010
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August 17, 2010
Today I was so lucky to get a video of dad and kit playing "The Game" Watch closely and you will see what I am referring to.
This video starts out with Little Lucy, the smallest of the foxes, stepping out from behind the bushes to check out what is going on. A few seconds later dad appears in the right side of the screen and then the bigger brother, whom Lucy is afraid of, dashes across the screen.
Then the game begins. Dad picks up a couple of pieces of food and holds the in his mouth and then Picasso, (bigger brother) follows him , jumping and reaching for the treat dad holds...
The father fox does not let his son have the food right away, instead he tries to keep it from him, knowing all along that the little fox will get the treat.
In the mean time Lucy looks on and is almost trampled by the activity of her dad and brother. She recovers however and continues to eat. Right after that, off the screen, the dad and little boy play the game some more.
Little Lucy never gets in the game. As you see she is so much smaller than the rest of the foxes. I really love little Lucy, because she is holding her own really well to be such a little thing.
I am not sure what the game is about but I think the adult foxes are trying to teach the little ones how to hunt and keep what they have or get what they want.... any ideas from anyone?
Enjoy the video and have an nice day.
Sandra the Micanopy Fox Watcher
August 12, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite videos of the foxes.
This video was taken last year when Shyanne(grandmother fox) was a mother and had five kits of her own.
One of her foxes didn't make it but four of them thrived under her care.
It was Shyanne who came to me and asked if I could help her get a jar off one of her little foxes head. Yes, it was the Whinny the Poo scenario but with a real little animal.
That story had a happy ending I am glad to say and Shyanne has remained close but aloof to me ever since.
Even to this day she has taken on taking care of Young Mothers kits. Shyanne was pregnant in January but then she left for a while. She came back in March but showed no signs of having given birth. I asked a fox guy who said she may have gone through a false pregnancy. I can believe that because this fox is a super mom!
ABOUT THIS VIDEO
On this particular day, I was photographing the foxes playing and hunting for treats when Shyanne just gave herself over to her kits even though they were almost as big as she was so I quickly switched my camera to video and I am so glad I did. I just love this footage.
I was no more than 20 feet from her when I saw the kits go up under her belly. They were having so much fun running around in glee and taking turns at mothers milk.
Shyanne stood so solid and erect the whole time even with four almost grown kits tugging away on her, enjoying this last meal with her precious children. What a good mom I thought.. A loving mom.
I saw a movie called The Fox and The Child and the last line in the movie was " Foxes know how to love"
(or something to that effect)
I would say from my observation, that is true.
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August 9, 2010
Today I have a really nice video with 4 and 5 foxes eating and running around. Mom, Dad and a few kits.
Syanne was missing for a couple of days but she was back this morning. If you watch my videos you will start to see the difference in the looks of each fox. Handsome dad is very strong and disciplined. Young mom doesn't ever want to miss a treat so she always comes out first. She is smaller and darker than her mate. One fox had a mottle looking coat because he had missing patches of fur in several places when he was younger. I don't know what from. But now his fur is all grown back so I can't hardly recognize him ..One fox is so tiny that she stands out from the rest. Her name is Lucy.
|This is Lucy with one of her larger brothers. This kit is taller and thinner than Picasso, lucy's cross to bear.<><>
I call this little guy Little Ricky. He and Lucy seem to get along well.
Thank you for watching... after all to quot a line from a song I once heard :"if there ain't no audience their ain't no show" !
August 7, 2010
|Handsome dad is always watching out for his kids as they run around him.|
August 6, 2010
August 3, 2010
Welcome to the Friendly Fox Blog.
Today I didn't get a video but I got some great photos.
I love this image. This gives a whole new meaning to a fox shawl.
When I was young my mother would have friends over to play bridge. Some of the women would wear little red fox faces around their neck and that really spooked me out .
How awful that someone would turn a beautiful fox in to a tacky scary shawl.
I am not a member of Peta but they have some good points.
Why can't we just learn to live with animals and not want to kill them or eat them or train them or make them into a coat!
My guess is lack of understanding as well as appreciation for the wildlife whose land we steal.
If we steal the land for development then can't we have empathy for the animals whose home we destroyed?
Wouldn't it be better if we lived in harmony with nature?
I think so.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
August 1, 2010
Hello Fox Watchers!
Today's blog VIDEO is really spectacular. It is long but it just gets better and better to the end. The little foxes are really running around and testing their surroundings without adult supervision, though the parents are close by.
This video begins with the little foxes coming out first with out an adult fox. They seem afraid of EVERYTHING! ( I have observed from my many hours of fox watching that foxes are really scared of their own shadow! ) Though they are together, they even seem afraid of each other.
When you watch the video, look for the little girl fox who keeps coming out from the left of the screen. I think she must live behind the tree with mom fox. She is so much small than the rest of the foxes. ( Females tend to be smaller than the males)
I think that she was intimidated by her bigger male sibling when they were babies. Look at my blog in July for the pictures of the little baby foxes. You will see a photo of one of the foxes "yelling" at the littlest girl and she is cowering. I don't really see him bothering her anymore, but the trauma was server, I think, and that is why she is so timid.
When foxes start to grow up they will do this. The dominate fox gets more food and more attention. I can see from my videos that she is still timid, even around the adults. Sometimes I just want to go pet her and tell her everything is ok... of course that is just a fantasy. I would never pet the foxes for it is their Wild Nature that is so wonderful.
In the middle of the video, the parents come out and the little foxes stand back, like they are doing something they shouldn't be doing. Shyanne also shows up and it is clear that the kits are close to their grandma.
Nothing seems to bother Shyanne for she is the sage of foxes.
In the end of the video, 4 -5 foxes are all there and the little ones are still scurrying about, scaring themselves along the way. Look how fast they flee when "something" scares them.
. The adult foxes have taught them well... a smart fox is a cautious fox!
It is my hope that once people see my pictures and videos of the Foxes , they will have a new appreciation for this adorable, quiet but elusive little animal .
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This is a photograph of Young Mom and her partner Handsome Fox.
If you notice the mom is still showing from nursing her young. It was early June when I took this image. Mother is not showing at all any more and the young juveniles are running around, and emulating their parents at this point. They are getting braver everyday as it is not long now that they will move away from "home" and start their quest to make their own family.
This is the second litter I have watched grow up. I get pangs of "empty nest" myself , knowing that they will all be leaving soon. It will be interesting to see who stays behind the tree this fall.
August 1st, 2010 ...I just returned from my art show in Ann Arbor Michigan where the fox photos were a big hit! I heard many stories from other people about the fox or foxes they have seen but most people have never seen a fox in the wild before and rarely a gray fox.