One Day, Shawn Davis of Illinois, US, noticed a few unexpected visitors dropping by in his backyard.
It was a family of adorable local foxes, who had quite quickly made themselves at home and became regulars.
It all started when a couple of baby foxes began to around the patio.
“We had never actually seen a fox kit (a small breed of fox) before and were really surprised they were in our yard since we live in the middle of a residential neighborhood,” said Shawn.
“We first noticed 2 kits had visited one morning at the end of May and were playing on our patio set.”
It seemed the young foxes enjoyed their first visits and went back to tell their family about it.
“After that, we started seeing more and more foxes. After that first day, we started mainly seeing the mom and five kits. The dad came by a few times, but I think his job was to mainly provide food while they were learning to hunt,” said Shawn.
Before long, visits from the whole family became a regular thing.
The family includes a mom, a dad and their five adorable children. They would visit the backyard almost every day to play and relax.
“Even though our backyard is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, it is very private with a fence and a lot of trees and bushes. I think they felt very safe, as they would often sleep under the trees in the daytime, and then play at dawn and dusk,” said Shawn.
Shawn and his family enjoyed the visits so much, he decided to record the encounters for us to enjoy.
“With the pandemic going on and us spending so much time at home, it was great entertainment for my wife, daughter, and I to be able to watch them grow up and play!”
Here’s a compilation video Shawn made of the foxes best moments:
“We didn’t realize they were so playful and that was fun to see. Aside from sleeping in the day time, they would chase each other and would all play fight and grab each other’s tails.”
“They also liked to gang up on the mom, who wasn’t afraid to dole out some moves of her own. We put a trampoline out at one point, and they liked to pounce on each other.”
As time went on, the young foxes became more and more independent and therefore the family visits became less frequent.
“We only see one or two every so often now as they have grown up, and I assume moved out of the den. Our neighbors said they have seen foxes in other summers but never as many as this year. Hopefully, the kits will remember our yard as a fun and safe place, and will come back next year with their families!”