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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


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Given 2012-10-22
Mom Knows Best by *iphelps ( Featured by IsacGoulart )
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
What are they holding?
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot!
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DailyBreadCafe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   Writer
Hey, i featured this here: fav.me/d6ckedt :love:
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:iconsolrac1993:
Solrac1993 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, really amazing! Great capture!
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:iconfalcon01:
falcon01 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Stunning picture! :)
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
excellent
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PassionAndTheCamera Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww! Foxes are so cute! :)
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
You have been featured HERE!
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clarajoy265 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So so beautiful. love love love!!
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DriedBlackOlives13 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o3o so cute
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:iconssive:
ssive Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
just amazing
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Goodka8 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :)
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IllusionoftheDay Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured :floating: [link]
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That little baby is so stinkin cute! :D I love this shot, it really shows the nuturing care of the mother. I also appreciate the little description/note you left. :)
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WNPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is beautiful.
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:iconsmdkfan:
SMDKFan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
awww, so sweet :D
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:iconmoonlightmysteria:
MoonlightMysteria Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderful work was featured in my journal: [link] :heart:
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judith559 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! amazing photo!
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Flauntycoin4 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Work. It takes someone with a lot of patience to do wildlife photography. But you must find it so rewarding , especially when capture things like this.
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Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello :D

Petite feature ici : [link]

:hug:
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ScarTheWolf6 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Aaww, it is SO cute :3

Btw foxes are my spirit animals
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Raphael-Ben-Dor Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot! Congrats on DD!
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:iconphonexia:
Phonexia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely photo :33
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:iconamaya-garnet:
Amaya-Garnet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You captured a sweet moment!
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NeonMonsterBytes Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
DAT TAIL O.O. It is so fluffy
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regina-luporum Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The mother is gorgeous, and the kit is so adorable! ^^
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Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cute!
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IllusionoftheDay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture :D
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great shot, the colours of the fox are really nice! You captured a great moment. Poor baby rabbit :/
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So AMAZING! X3
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, so cute! and slightly disturbing.
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snuglyPanda Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so cute!
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NDLevett Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The best!
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:iconpagebreak714:
PageBreak714 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
So fuzzy :)
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DarkFoxOkajima Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
D'aww! So cute :heart:
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DeviantTeddine Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Great shot ! the motive itself is sweet and the realisation super nice.
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:iconheronwolf:
heronwolf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful ;-)
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SwiftBlue-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH WOW that's so totally awesome!
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Kay-Noire Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Photographer
Congratulations on the DD. This is a great moment you caught. Well done! :clap:
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Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the daily deviation, very much deserved. A truely superb inspiring example of photography at its best. Simon
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pdulceruth Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
nice photo!
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AnotherOddity Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A fantastic shot. I love foxes. The San Juan fox has a fascinating complexion.
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whendt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Great photo!
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SakuraBellStudios Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
aaaaw so beautiful and soooo cute!!!
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cleardefination Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Excellent shot.. triggered so much in my mind.
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YouniquelyChic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
I was just thinking, "Wow, I've never seen that color of Red Fox anywhere but San Juan Island!" and then I read that artist comment... haha lovely photo! And lovely foxes. ^^
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   General Artist
Awe! So cute! So heart-warming.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While the foxes are cute the scene is not to me o . o
The scene reminds me of the brutality of nature. Something must die for other things to live. And that is taught to each young generation so that death and violence continue. Nature is harsh, but that's life.
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cleardefination Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Nature is brutal, if your temperament is soft. I feel the same about the how the violence continues but if a species as advanced as man still relies on eating meat, For an animal its completely justified and that baby won't go hungry.

See i hate to differentiate but humans are separate from other species on this planet, but the other species as i believe have 'no karma'. It is their duty and programming to procreate and feed.
We feel its cruel cause subconsciously our species is much more brutal and all of us will have this innate guilt ( most cold countries have a history of cannibalism too)

Our Earth is still young, She will evolve. We're just stuck in between.

I found your comment very interesting and i've always felt this way, hence i took the time to probably try to reason it out.
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