A family of red foxes had set up a home in a backyard shed
"One was killed by a car; a similar fate may have been met by the others, as the nearby road was very busy, although there are a host of other threats to foxes as well. The average life span of a red fox in the wild is only one-and-a-half to two years," she added.
She then made it her mission to photograph them
She spent an entire season with the family
Groo watched as the baby foxes became more adventurous as they went further and further from the den. She saw that their play, curiosity, and rambunctiousness were similar to those of puppies, and they stole my heart.
She watched the kits as they grew up right before her very eyes
Groo hid herself by setting up a pop-up blind near the family
She would quietly sneak into the blind to take her shots
They would hear the camera clicking and would look its way
Groo was particularly intrigued by the mother's frequent absence and the fact that the father was primarily responsible for taking care of the kits. Groo was aware that she hunted for part of the time since she had once captured her bringing home prey.
"But apparently this is a common division of labor once the kits leave the den after the first five weeks or so of life. The father was constantly grooming the kits, and his tender way with them was very touching to me," Groo added.
The average life span of a red fox in the wild is only one-and-a-half to two years
The photographer noticed that their behavior resembled that of puppies
Groo watched the baby foxes become more and more adventurous
The kits would be completely ecstatic, and leap all over the adult
They are always happy when the father or mother returns
Hey, what's your name?
The kits leave the den after the first five weeks or so of life
I See You!
The father was the one who mostly cared for the kits
The kits, on the other hand, are normally overjoyed when their mother or father returns from a trip, as they "would be completely ecstatic, and leap all over the adult." If this isn’t one of the signs that the kits love their parents, then I don’t know what is.
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