2020—Graceful Leap!

Red Foxes are quite graceful as they leap into the air prepared to plunge head first into the snow after a tiny vole they have sensed is burrowing there. We watched this vixen leap over and over as she roamed the large meadow in Yellowstone National Park last month. Most of the time she emerged with a snow-covered muzzle and jaws grasping her meal. She was so successful that she didn’t eat most of the voles we saw her catch. Instead, she cached them around the meadow, pushing her quarry into the snow to keep it hidden and safe for her to retrieve later.

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