Orphaned Wildlife:  Foxes

Q: I see fox kits playing by themselves – but no parent is around.  Are they orphaned?
Photo credit: Laura Nirenberg

A:  Often fox kits will appear unsupervised for long periods of time while both parents are out hunting for food.  Observe the kits from a distance.  If they seem energetic and healthy, just leave them alone.  Only contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if the kits appear sickly or weak, or if you have reason to believe that both parents are dead.