A Mom’s Gotta Do What A Mom’s Gotta Do.
District 12 Wildlife Officers were assisting local agencies checking flooded residences in Hardin county when they were alerted to a fox on a porch of a flooded home. The red fox had swum to a porch and took refuge as the flood waters were rising. The mother gave birth to six kits (or pups) and was trapped with the rising water. Local Wildlife Officers went to the residence and removed the mom and kits. The picture of the mother in the crate is of pure exhaustion. She was not sedated. This displaced mother had survived one of the biggest floods in history and given birth to six kits in the only dry location she could find.
The mother and kits were successfully relocated to nearby dry land and placed in an abandoned den. At last check, the mother and kits were doing good and remaining in the location they were released.
This mother still has a lot of challenges feeding the kits because both fox parents are active in feeding the young. However, the fox mother has been observed hunting, so this is encouraging hope the litter will survive.
Red foxes typically give birth in March or April to an average of 4 to 6 kits. At birth, the kits weigh 4-6 ounces and are dark grayish brown. Their eyes will open in 8-9 days, and they will stay in the den until 4 or 5 weeks of age.
To find out more about red foxes, please visit https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/mammals/large/red-fox.html