It must be spring because every day brings another miracle, and I feel a bit dazed by all the marvels I get to see. This morning it was a mother fox nursing her kits. This particular fox family has had a litter every spring for several years in my friends' back yard, and this year I finally got to see the babies!
My friends are very respectful of their fox neighbors, so we watched from inside the house at least a hundred feet away. I'm sure the foxes appreciated our discretion, but my poor little 300mm lens was not quite up to the job. There's a lot of cropping and pixel-boosting in these shots, but I think you can see enough to be overwhelmed by the sheer cuteness.
Here she is nursing four babies:
If you look very closely, the middle baby is licking its nose off after nursing with a little pink tongue:
Even though the babies are nursing and not eating solid food yet, they are still running after Mama's squirrel.
My kids were like that, too, when they were little. "Whatareyoueatingisityummygivemesome!"