Close encounter of the vulpine kind

From imgur, and I don’t know anything else about it. . .



h/t: SGM



  1. jumpingpolarbear
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Close ecounter indeed 🙂

  2. Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Eccezionale foto 🙂

  3. marycanada FCD
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    What a beauty

  4. Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    lovely capture, love it!

  5. Marcoli
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic. My guess is it sees its reflection in the lens.

    • gravelinspector
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      My guess is that it smells the beef paste (or similar) smeared on the lens’ sunshade.
      But I’m a cynic. Who has tried that trick before and not had it work.

  6. Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Truly special.

  7. Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Crazy cool pic and you are very brave. Love the photo.

  8. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Clearly believes that its soul has been captured in the magic box and wants it back.

  9. lamacher
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    She’s saying: Is that all ya got?

    • suwise3
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      I believe it’s more like “Shoot me from my right side. Makes my ruff appear fluffier, OK?”

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

        “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille.”

  10. Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Ok, so who told the paparazzi?

  11. Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink


  12. lizwinfreyventura
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, I am jealous. What a gorgeous creature.

  13. MaryL
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    They’re just naturally curious. Look at how the neck is stretched but the legs are under the body – just in case a quick get-a-way is needed.

  14. Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Probably that fox smells the turkey sandwich that the photographer held in his hands prior to putting the lens on the camera.

    Hunger in winter will often motivate wild animals to become bolder and take more risks in their search for food.

    • Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Knowing wildlife photographers, he probably has a turkey sandwich hidden behind the camera right now while taking this picture.

  15. Dave
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful – thanks for sharing that.

  16. Pray Hard
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Red foxes are exquisite.

  17. Andrew
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    The reddit post that links to this same image lists the credits as Cristian Goga (Photographer) and Curious fox + photographer Dan Dinu (Subjects). Apparently taken in Romania.

    Original @

    reddit post@

  18. still learning
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Photo bomb attempt…fail.

    What a gorgeous critter!

  19. BilBy
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Red fox in the snow – wow. However, unless there has been some impressive habituating going on my guess is that is a (semi) tame individual. Is that a hint of a collar beneath the thick ruff of fur? That doesn’t, of course, detract from the beauty of the photo.

  20. Davros
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Bet you he wishes he hadn’t attached the telephoto lens and had gone for the macro instead.

    • Occam
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Close. The fox says: “You got a mighty D800 with the 70-200 f/2.8G AF-S VR and still shoot basic JPEG? And VR not engaged? And wide open? What about vignetting and corner sharpness? Wanna give Bjørn Rørslett a fit or something?”

  21. johnpieret
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Not to rain on the parade but as someone who just went through a series of rabies shots because I was bitten by a cat (probably not a stray but I couldn’t be sure it had been vaccinated) it has to be noted that one symtom of rabies is where wild animals appear tame and seem to have no fear of humans. If a wild fox came up to me that way, I’d be scared as hell.

    • Allen
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      I worked in the arctic for awhile. I had a fox attack my snowmobile as I drove by. After t attacked another machine we shot I and sen it in for autopsy. The poor thing was on its last breath due to rabies.

      • RFW
        Posted January 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        Foxes are a notorious vector for rabies. I think it was in Quebec where bait laced with rabies vaccine was widely airdropped to reduce the incidence of the disease among the wild foxes there.

  22. Lars
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    This looks like the opening scene of a La Perouse fairy tale, updated for the 21st century.

    • Occam
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      La Fontaine?

      • Lars
        Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        You’re right – I was thinking of Australia.

  23. Diane G.
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink


  24. Cremnomaniac
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    That is a beautiful animal. Here is the background to the picture.

    Dan Dinu is the photographer in the photo. Here is a link to his Face Book page, Povestea fotografiei. You might need to login to see it. The accompanying comment is in Romanian. Google translator provides this,

    This weekend we took a walk over to St. Anne and I had a more than pleasant surprise. I met a fox being very cooperative with the camera as you can see :). He was raised by a forester in the area, and now made ​​his hut besides age. It is interesting that although it is common with people close unless it is large groups of tourists fidgetiness and avoid noisy or crowded areas.

    We recommend that even in these cases, if you encounter wild animals that behave in this way, do not give them food in hand and try to keep a distance from them. Besides being can react strangely, we have to learn that one can be a threat for them. The fox was pretty hard to do that, because at one point I stood still and she came near me, but at the same time not close to other tourists who may not have been like :).

    So to get to Saint Ann, I saw four foxes field place within a radius of a few hundred meters. I thought at the time that the state is a good area on the prowl, but after experineta the fox in the picture, I think no other truly wild specimen not let me photograph him with wide angle. All well and will soon show and other images.

    If you view his photos, which there are some nice ones, you’ll notice a felid that he has either rescued or taken hiking with him. If only I could read Romanian!
    Dan’s moggy

  25. JBlilie
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Wow, that is a great shot. Both of them are smiling I think.

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