We know spring has arrived when baby mammals start arriving at WRC. Typically, our first infant mammal admit is an Eastern Gray Squirrel or Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. However this year, just like last year, we deviated from the norm: Our first mammal admit was a Red Fox kit!
Last year, our first mammal admit (three Red Fox kits) occured on March 27th. This year, March 12th. Does this mean animals are breeding earlier?? Not necessarily. What it means is that the weather is milder than this time last year and people are outside enjoying the weather and stumbling across these little creatures.
The kit was found near a bike path in Hanover, Minnesota, with no mom in sight. It is a female and only weighs 161 grams. How tiny is that? Hold 32 nickels in your hand or an apple. She weighs less than most smartphones. That’s it!
She is about 6-7 inches long from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail. Her eyes and ears are still closed, she is toothless, and completely helpless at this stage of life. We are estimating she is about 1 week old.
She will need feedings every few hours around the clock, and is currently being cared for by a highly trained volunteer who can give her the attention she needs. Fox kits wean at an early age, so she’ll be a rambunctious little thing before we know it!