Too Foxy!

Fennec Foxes!

I adore these little guys.  Their ears are bigger than their heads, practically!  While they have a large desert-like enclosure in which to play, I’ve only ever seen them curled up in their nest, snoozing.

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It’s tough getting the lighting right, because they’re in a very dark enclosure.  This one is the center fox, but if you look carefully, you can see his mate’s ears just behind his haunches and realize that there’s a whole second fox back there.

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I tried to get a better framing for them both, but the rear fox is in too much shadow.

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I managed to catch it on this one, but kneeling down practically on the same plane as their bed.

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There are actually three foxes in this picture, as this next series was taken on a different day.  You can see more of the right one’s nose and face structure.  His ears really do dominate his head.

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He’d almost drifted off here, and you can see the other two’s ears even though most of their bodies are in shadow.

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Something caught his attention, I don’t know what. (I’m using “he” in the indefinite form here; I don’t know their sex.)

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This one’s a little clearer just on the one who’d raised his head.  What you can’t see from this angle is that the rock on the right leads out to their main enclosure, so they get sounds that echo in from the walkway that patrons travel.  I wonder if he heard something there, or if my camera shutter was annoying him.  I don’t know if he can hear it through the lucite, but with those ears, I’d imagine so.

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Aaaand, nap time in three… two…

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…one…

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I really wanted to get a close-up on their ears, but was having a devil of a time with the lighting.  I like this one, though, because it’s pretty clear on the right-hand fox.  I couldn’t quite get the other two clearly enough to be visible.

Come visit tomorrow for G is for…

… well, I haven’t decided.  Goose or Giraffe, we’ll see.  Maybe both.


 

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My theme on my Knoontime Knitting craft blog is Letterforms In Nature.  I’ll be exploring my daily round, looking for shapes in the natural world and build environment.

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14 thoughts on “Too Foxy!

  1. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How in the heck did you get so close to these foxes? Where were the photos taken? (They’re wonderful, by the way!)

    Piper Presley
    Fiction: Blogging From A to Z
    http://www.presleyromance.com/blog/fiction-blogging-from-a-to-z

    1. Hi, Piper! Those lovely little guys are at the Brookfield Zoo here in Chicago (well, the town of Brookfield, just outside Chicago). They have a large enclosure with lots of areas for them to play, but they also have a little nest where they can get cozy and sleep. There’s a thick lucite window through which one can take photographs, but you have to hunker down and sort of perch on the concrete boulders that are next to it. (Pro-tip – don’t use a flash.) I was fortunate enough to find them napping together on both visits.

      I confess, I’m enamored of their ears. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, and happy blogging!

  3. Darlamsands says:

    Adorable! And while geese are fine, I vote for giraffes, who are so incredibly cool. ~grin~ Happy blogging, my dear!

    1. Giraffes are so goofy! I love their long, black tongues. But I love to watch them gallavant around. Is it bad, I want to ride one? lol

  4. feliciaj327 says:

    I love those huge ears, too, and wonder how many channels they can pick up. Giraffes are so cool, but I like geese, too. Hell, I like all animals, just some more than others. Is there a certain time period for this challenge, or is it ongoing?

    1. Ha! Channels. I have this image of a little creature trying to watch Animal Planet. 🙂

      I like animals as well, and the geese are certainly photogenic.

      The Challenge is every year in April; if you click the badge on the top right of this page it’ll take you to the main challenge page. While signups are closed for this year, you could certainly write on your blog and let folks know (like me, say); you can also visit the other folks in the challenge. 🙂

      1. feliciaj327 says:

        Sounds like a good idea just blogging about it. It will give me something to keep my atmyhouse.net blog going. Haven’t done anything with it in a while. Also have to see if I will get out and about enough to even do this challenge. Sooo much writing to do!

        1. Oh, you don’t have to go anywhere for the challenge, that’s just what I decided to do for this year. You could do any theme you wanted. The only stipulation is that it’s A on Day 1, B on Day 2, etc; every day in April except Sundays (so 26 days, 26 letters). You could do the A to Z of home, why you write, using the internet, cool things you’ve found, hell, even just open your dictionary and randomly pick words in each letter. Anything you want. 🙂

          1. feliciaj327 says:

            Thanks for the clarification! That makes things much easier.

  5. Susan Bruck says:

    Hi, Those little foxes are adorable. I also wanted to thank you for letting me know about the a to z challenge. You wrote about it in ChiWriMo.
    I’m learning so many new things–about foxes, about blogging…I wonder what’s next.

    1. I’m so pleased you’re enjoying it! And yes, I agree; those foxes are cute as buttons. 🙂

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