You can't outfox me! Cubs lock paws as they enjoy playfight in the meadow

  • Eight-week old cubs had a playful scrap while their parents were away
  • The pair were evenly matched until a decisive bite settled it
  • Other siblings from their set watched the energetic rough and tumble

By Daily Mail Reporter

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These playful cubs locked paws and let their sharp teeth do the talking after their parents left them alone to go hunting.

While their parents' backs were turned the young foxes lost no time sorting out their sibling rivalry with an energetic tussle in Montana, U.S.A.

Thought to be about eight weeks old, the litter of cubs and their seven other siblings came out of their set for a roll around in the meadow in the sunshine.

 Sibling rivalry came to a head for these cubs who had a fight while their parents were out of sight

Nose to nose: Sibling rivalry came to a head for these cubs who had a fight while their parents were out of sight

The cubs in Montana locked paws and a cheeky scrap in the meadow, getting up on their hind legs to bare their teeth at each other

Mischief: The cubs in Montana locked paws and a cheeky scrap in the meadow, getting up on their hind legs to bare their teeth at each other

Wildlife photographer Donald Jones, who captured the action shots, started taking pictures when he saw the nine cubs running around outside their set.

The main excitement for the cubs was the play fight, while two of the cubs worked out their pecking order with their teeth.

 

The fight luckily did not last long, ending with a decisive nip on the muzzle.

The two were were seen affectionately rubbing up to each other afterwards.

Mr Jones from Troy in Montana has known the fox den for 12 years, so he knows the fox family's  behaviour inside out.

One of the cubs gets distracted by the photographer, while the other tries to get the upper paw

Watchful: One of the cubs gets distracted by the photographer, while the other tries to get the upper paw

One of the little cubs, thought to be around eight weeks old, managed to sink his sharp teeth into the other's muzzle

Sharp nip: One of the little cubs, thought to be around eight weeks old, managed to sink his sharp teeth into the other's muzzle

The cubs having a careful look around outside their den while their parents were out hunting

Young family: The cubs having a careful look around outside their den while their parents were out hunting

He said from his observations: 'The cubs are just like kittens in that if they don't play they get bored.

'The fights usually ended by one of the cubs jumping back down their burrow or another cub breaking it up.

'They didn't seem to bothered by me being there, sometimes they noticed the noises my camera was making.'

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i love them , so so cute ..

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cuties! <3 =)

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Will they still be lovely, cuddly little animals when somebody's little kid gets eaten or an arm or leg pulled off. It's gonna happen soon, so to all you cuddly fox lovers, you have been warned.

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Picture perfect cuties!

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There is a beautiful fox that comes to look for food in my garden. He is young like the ones in these photos. He is stunning. My dog, my Parson Jack Russell, who was bred to hunt foxes, always tells me when he is there cos dogs have excellent hearing. He barks a bit. I left some sausages a couple of nights ago near the fox's lair. I love foxes. I often feed them. A friend of mine has photos of one in her lounge that likes to eat off her hand.

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Mr Osborne, gods country- I see you have put yet another comment which is guaranteed to get red arrows...yawn. You are obviously one of those weirdos that enjoys sitting at home writing comments to see how many red arrows you can get. Single? Still live at home with your mum?

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Tarquin, hounds please!

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I have one that comes most evenings for food. It has even come into my kitchen where it sits patiently as I get food from the fridge for her. She even takes it out of my hand. Its amazing

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Baby foxes are KITS, not cubs. Do some minimal research, DM!

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This pair of fox cubs seem to have half an eye on the camera. I sometimes see foxes (both adult and young) near my house, and they can be very inquisitive.

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