Little kit foxes go for a romp

Rick Derevan posted these photos of young kit foxes to our photo of the day pool and I couldn’t pick just one, so I’m sharing them all along with his comments. You can think of them as the “photos of the day.”

© Rick Derevan

The kit fox (Vulpes macrotis), is the smallest fox native to North America and typically weighs between three and a half to six pounds. The species is not generally considered endangered. However, the subpopulation of San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica), once common to California’s San Joaquin Valley, has been labeled “endangered” since 1967 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

© Rick Derevan

The San Joaquin kit fox is threatened by competition from the red fox and habitat loss. In 2007, the Deadman Creek Conservation Bank was established south of the City of Merced to preserve 684 acres of habitat for this adorable species.

© Rick Derevan

Rick Derevan writes that these wild young foxes (kit fox kits?) and their mother were photographed in the urban environment where they live. He adds that the animals weren’t baited or called for the photographs.

© Rick Derevan

“The field biologist studying these foxes told me that females are tagged on the right ear, and you can see the tag in this photo,” Derevan writes of the photo above.

© Rick Derevan

Derevan’s photos have an uncanny sense of timing. He captures many wonderful moments between the siblings and their mother. Or in other words, total face-melt cuteness.

© Rick Derevan

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Tags: Animals | California