A fox and her kit in a magical moment

November 12, 2015, 3:29 p.m.

The story behind the shot from photographer Kevin Dietrich:

I have watched the male and female adults raise two litters at this den. I had always seen fox in the area of the barn but could never locate the den. Then one morning while photographing the male I watched him catch a mouse and I kept a close eye on him as he hurried back to the barn. At that moment I knew I'd be spending a lot of time at the barn watching these fox.

It was such a treat to locate the den and be able to watch these two loving parent raise the kits all summer long. I spent countless hours watching the kits play, romp, fight and due all the things young fox kits do. The care the parents gave was incredible. Constantly grooming, feeding and teaching the kits how to hunt was impressive.

This image was the female and one of her kits. When one of the adults would be gone hunting the other would remain with the kits. As the adult returned to the dent the kits would come out of the den excitedly looking for a meal.

Very often the two adults would touch noses and then one would immediately leave the area to go hunt. It was like a "changing of the guard" ritual.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.