Reader Rick Wayne sent some photos of a hawk couple raising their brood as well a passel of urban foxes (i.e., Honorary Cats™), all from Wisconsin. I’ll show the foxes today. His notes:
One of the difficulties with the memory card is that it was also crammed with stills and video of our campus fox family (see http://vanhisefoxes.tumblr.com for details). I chucked a couple of my favorites of those in here too. What’s interesting about these guys is that they’re such urban predators; by no means tame, they still mostly ignore the crowds of people and vehicles teeming around their den and just go on being foxes. The fellow in charge of the Allen Centennial Gardens has noted that his lagomorph problem has been sharply reduced this season.
Rick’s album of foxes is on Picasa.
Mom on the left, crossing Linden Drive. Cars and buses were exceedingly careful around the den, thank goodness; the male got hit by a car and killed west of campus.
A sibling was messing about underground, near the burrow entrance.
This one of the fox kit looking up to its left always makes me think of religious art. I wonder how many of those “beatifically illuminated by God’s light” images could be equally easily explained by “crow flying over”, as was the case here?
The kits always seemed pretty alert aboveground. Of course, at any given second it was likely that a sibling was just about to pounce. So: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
And finally, if I may be forgiven a selfie, this is basically what it was like on this end of campus for a few glorious weeks — foxes everywhere!