<div>A week ago we were treated to our first viewing of resident mama fox and
her very young litter of FIVE pups! Perhaps my encroaching on their idyllic
playground with the still camera was enough to encourage mama to move the gang
out of the ditch and culvert . . . </div>
This morning, the pups are back, rolling and tumbling, chasing each other
in/out of the culvert while mama looks on and referees the proceedings. I put a
fresh tape and charged battery in the camcorder and began to follow the little
rascals and the occasional intervention of mama in the early morning light. Not
quite an hour later I moved the camera and tripod to the second floor to get a
higher angle . . . just in time to shoot mama standing patiently in the middle
of the driveway with all five of the pups nursing simultaneously!
At one point earlier, mama was shooting glances over her shoulder, looking
apprehensively up the driveway loop, toward the woods. She made a move in that
direction which I first interpreted to be a hunting or aggressive posture; but I
soon discovered that there was another fox up there, and the body language was "
submissive ". Could this be papa fox? He approached the pups, unchallenged, and
checked them out before he moved off into the blueberry field to stand
Today the pups are looking a bit more like little foxes instead of fuzzy
little wombats. They are even beginning to show fox coloring instead of the dark
gray of a week ago.
I spect I'll be munching off a whole lot of videotape as we follow the pups
maturation thru the summer. I just wish I had a bit more telephoto in my zoom
lens . . . .