Every so often, in nature, you come across something truly amazing. This is one of those occasions. At the side of the road, in rural Ontario, my partner and I were fortunate enough to be able to spend about 45 minutes watching a family of Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) interact in the warm spring morning light. The mother fox, despite having lost the sight in one eye, was raising 11 happy, healthy, playful kits. We observed and photographed from a distance as she kept a close eye on the rambunctious brood, even leaving on two occasions to search for food. My heart was touched deeply and I will never forget the experience.

  

        *Captured near Carleton Place, Ontario. © Todd Weeks*


  


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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful, Todd!

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    What a very special capture! Well done — it’s very sweet!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    How amazing the mother is. She must be an excellent huntress to have raised such a beautiful littler of kits. They are all healthy and beautiful.

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 4 years ago

    Holy Moly – I’ve spent my Spring looking for fox kits! You hit the mother load (so to speak). What a great shot!!! I’m soooo jealous

  • Hi Jay,

    I am sorry to do that to you, Jay. I have been following your adventures with the fox and been cheering for you. Hope you find a mother load of your own. Good luck!

    Todd

    – Todd Weeks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Good Grief… could these possibly have all been hers!!?? I know of a St Bernard that produced 13 pups, but they didn’t all survive. I also know from personal childhood experience of a vixen that took on the kits of a deceased mother. Any clues? In the meantime – Black Socks That Never Grow Dirty, The Longer You Wear Them The Stronger They Get…. Fantastic, fantastic shot; lucky day.

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    A very quick check of Google has one source (Wiki) indicating that Red Foxes may produce from 5 to 13 in a litter, but apparently there’s a lot of controversy swirling around litter size ~ everything from discovering numbers using placental scars to influence of illness/epidemics on numbers. Whew – no easy answers, ever. Looks to me like your motherlode here could be the real deal – would love to think so, & see no particular reason not to! What ever the answer, your experience is YOUR real deal, & our jaws are all dropping. A pleasant sensation.

  • Thank you Art, for all your kind words. Others have counted 12 in this litter, but I’ve only seen eleven. Either way, it stretches the imagination (and a few other parts as well).

    Todd

    – Todd Weeks

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • MichelPhoto53
    MichelPhoto53over 4 years ago

    Marvelous Capture ! Well done…

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    This is truly amazing, awesome find.

  • DigitallyStill
    DigitallyStillover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done Todd, and congrats on the well deserved feature!

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