The ‘Multi-Child’ Fox Is Back!
Considering the number of cubs she had, the fox couldn’t find a better way to feed this horde than simply going to the roadside and begging for food from passing locals. And the plan worked. Almost every day, people brought her offerings in the form of various feeds.
Most of the fox cubs grew up successfully, and the fox, whom we tried to monitor regularly, disappeared. The last time we saw her was about 7 months ago.
And just yesterday, we stopped near the blooming bushes to capture the local birds in a beautiful setting, but things didn’t go as planned. For some reason, the birds adamantly refused to fly towards us. As we examined the treetops and accidentally glanced down at the bushes, we immediately understood the reason for their ignorance.
From the bushes, standing on a rock, our familiar fox was attentively observing us. We still couldn’t believe it was the same fox, but her size (she was quite small) and behavior indicated that it was our familiar mother-heroine.
Of course, we weren’t prepared for such a turn of events, but while I continued filming and interacting with the fox, Dima went to a nearby store and bought food for her.
The fox eagerly pounced on the treat and, after satisfying her hunger, filled her mouth with the goodies and carried them towards her den, where a pair of grayish furballs emerged to greet her.
By the way, she has a new den. Well, not exactly new. It’s new for her. We filmed fox cubs in that den three years ago. Since then, it had been vacant, but this year it was occupied again. We realized this a few weeks ago when we discovered abundant tracks and cleaned burrows. However, we had hoped but doubted that our old acquaintance had settled there. Considering how sociable and fearless she was, we feared she wouldn’t survive the hunting season and local bird enthusiasts. But apparently, she’s not that gullible. Or she knows who to trust. At least, she recognized our car immediately.
This “new” den is located at a sufficient distance from the road, which is relatively good because the fox cubs won’t jump out to play on the roadside and won’t attract the attention of the local residents.
We will try to supplement the fox’s diet, which is not entirely right, but considering the situation and understanding that she will still go to the road and beg for food, we will at least try to make her do it less frequently.”