It Begins with a Kiss (Fox photo special)

The fox cubs were enjoying the late afternoon sun today. Lot’s of lolling around and sleeping, but the Little Dog Fox is (at 4 months old) reaching that awkward adolescent stage. The cub we call Long Nose is the other cub…

fox cubs playing

It begins with a kiss

fox cubs playing

The Little Dog Fox gets romantic with Long Nose

fox cubs playing

fox cubs playing

Whoops!

fox cubs playing

fox cubs playing

A quick nibble

fox cubs playing

And it ends with a kiss!

This is all play for the cubs… they won’t start breeding until about 9 months old. And an interesting side fact I learnt this week from the excellent BBC film ‘The British Garden: Life and Death on your Lawn‘ is that one litter of fox cubs can have up to five different fathers!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

2 Comments

  1. derwandersmann July 14, 2017 at 4:47 am #

    Well, THAT would ensure genetic diversity!

  2. Darko July 15, 2017 at 2:29 am #

    I didn’t know that (about the 5 fathers, that is). As dW said, no fear for genetic diversity there!

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