Anticipation Rises

It had been so long since I’d seen the foxes that I thought they might have moved to another den. Then, when I least expected it, there lay the male fox napping.


“As much as I hate to, I guess it’s time to think about getting up.”


“No need to hurry, though. I’m not completely awake yet.”


“A long slow stretch feels soooo good after being under the barn for so long.”


“Nap’s over, and I guess it’s time to find our next meal.”


Which would be the best route? Through the thicket behind the barn or


across the backyard to the southeast?”


Red foxes breed late January into February in Illinois. Gestation is 51 days. Since we live in southern Illinois, I assume these are more likely to bred in January and give birth in late March.

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on March 27, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I love, absolutely love, your fox chronicles! Do you have any more pictures of the male fox? LOL


  2. You should be seeing the kits soon, I hope. Are they in your barn?


    • The last time we had foxes under the barn they were roughly half grown when I first saw them. The barn’s on a slope and the back end is off the ground on 2 sides.


  3. He looks pretty confident and happy there.


  4. You should be seeing mom and dad carrying food under there before long, I’d think.
    He sure has made himself right at home!


    • My real problem is only seeing the barn from my computer. I take pictures through dirty window of husband’s loading room. They must have a routine I’ve not discovered yet.


  5. That’s so cool! Lucky you to see this amazing animal!


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