Dear Wood Folk,

Fox Kits
Fox Kits

Before I showed up at the Song of the Woods Studio, a couple foxes and some kits hung around for two years.

I myself have seen many fox in these parts, but I’ve never had the pleasure of watching a family at their den. Robin gave me the scoop, and a whole folder of pictures!

Here’s a baby fox, commonly called a kit, pup, or even cub:

Tiny Fox Kit

Over those two years there were 2 females, 2 batches of pups per vixen, 4 sets of pups in total. At least one years batches of kits were born weeks apart with such a size difference it illustrated how quickly they grow up.

Robin got a little too close one day and a newborn kit sort of imprinted on him, eyes still unopened. He wanted to hobble follow Robin around. Robin gently prodded him back into the den hole with a stick.

Yet people pulled over to watch the pups all the long weekend, as the den was near the road, and then poof – they disappeared from prying eyes. But they didn’t go far. Overnight mama fox went up a hill and thru the bush, and dug a new den under the roots of a tree, running deep.

Fox Kit w/Rabbit Head
Fox Kit w/Rabbit Head

A local who used to raise them said if you go near them the mas will kill them, but nothing like that happened. It’s an old wives tale. (I confirmed this with rehabbers.) Foxfolk will move their brood if truly disturbed. A wolf pack might similarly move off if some mustached man keeps wolf howling at them – just ask Robin.

The foxfolk would be out hunting while the “hoomans” observed the kits. Busy wild folks. Grouse feathers covered the field every morning. The kits eat a lot of meat before they start on mast like berries.

You might have heard the haunting sounds of a fox vixen screeching in the woods. Here’s something aww inducing instead of spine shivering, baby fox calls:

I suppose when the bunnies, grouse and other kit-fodder populations go down, the fox den elsewhere. Going off bunnies if I may, there are still not many bunnies at the studio. I don’t have many on the one-acre either, so getting to experience this myself is probably a ways off. Robin, you lucky guy.

Fox Kits
Fox Kits at Song of the Woods Studio

Our local wildlife rehab, Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary regularly rescues foxes. The one in the next clip became a viral star and was even featured on The Dodo.

Miracles Can Happen!

When kindhearted people unselfishly give of their time and resources to help an animal in distress…Miracles Happen!This is a story of a young fox that was left for dead on the side of the road. It's a story of hope and compassion and the amazing will of an animal to survive.It took a village to save her life, and she forever touched the hearts of…Jennifer who found her; fellow rehabber Diane in Stayner; volunteer drivers Elizabeth and Anne; Dr. Sherri Cox; Pawz 'N Clawz and Kelsey who donated foods for her; our supporters who help us make ends meet; and all our dedicated volunteers at WWS. So pat yourself on the back when you lend a helping hand and become an integral part of the bigger picture, because animals like Tammy wouldn't be here today if it weren't for you :-)<3 If you appreciate the work we do, please show your support here…http://woodlandswildlifesanctuary.ca/donate.phpThis video is also available to share on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMykQDJ90kI:-) UPDATE!! 🙂 Tammy and Todd were released! Watch the tails-end of their remarkable story "Back to the Wild" here https://youtu.be/fWQDAZP4690

Posted by Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, August 28, 2015

If you love foxes and wildlife and want to show it, WWS’s donation page is here. Tell them Robin and Rachel from Song of the Woods sent you. 🙂 One of our upcoming Wood Folk Diaries will be about the gosling that first led me to WWS. And Feisty The Painted Turtle is coming up next!

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