Although still nursing, this vixen has already been weaning her young kits for weeks. And while the kits have only now just begun to explore the world outside their den, in just a few short months they will hunting on their own before disbanding in search of their own territory come fall. However, before these young foxes can learn to hunt, they need to learn what to eat. Yet despite mom's best efforts, these kits seem more interested in playing with their food than eating it.
Red Fox vixen and kit (Vulpes vulpes) - San Juan Island, Washington
Here are some of my personal favorites from the rest of my gallery: