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This Week’s Creature Feature: Mother Fox

A doting mother

      A family of foxes at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Sanctuary in Kent County, Delaware, had a series of tragedies four years ago. Two kits disappeared one by one, leaving a young male. The mother fox, called a vixen, became extremely protective. For several weeks the two were always together. She was frequently seen herding him to stay close to the den and grooming him.
      As he aged, the kit seemed to be like a teenager and at times was annoyed with the triple attention his mother was giving him. By the end of the summer, the young fox was hunting on his own.