Friendly Baby Fox!

Friendly Baby Fox!

– I’m Coyote Peterson,
and we’ve all seen me in this position before,
no sock on my foot, and the sock being used
to draw in a predator. Check this out. (makes a repetitive
animal sound) Whoa, that right there
is a baby red fox. (makes a repetitive
animal sound) Come here. (intense music) Working with animals can
be incredibly difficult, especially when you
were hoping to encounter them in the wild, and have
an up-close interaction, that is captured on camera. The crew and I have
visited many locations over the course of
filming Breaking Trail. And if you have ever
wondered which location has been the most
difficult so far, I would definitely have to
say it was Alaska. This far northern state is
considered to be the last true frontier, and
trust me when I say, the environment posts
incredible challenges. From the vast lakes, which
we explored by kayak, to the rushing
glacial melt streams, that were nearly
impossible to forge, without getting soaked
by icy, cold water. Then there were the
incredibly dense forests, built with ancient
trees and thick plants, this habitat
provided the perfect hiding places for
native wildlife. So, I climbed on top
of this stump here, searching the forest, check
out this vantage point. Wow, that is just trees
as far as the eye can see. So, what becomes the
game plan when finding animals in the wild
is next to impossible? Simple, we work
with ones that have been rescued, or
raised in captivity. Today we will be working
at Steve Kroschel’s Wildlife Sanctuary,
which is home to many different mammal
species, including moose, weasels, and even a wolverine. In my opinion, mammals
are the most difficult animals to work with,
because they very rarely want to be held, and
getting them to sit still for the cameras is
next to impossible. And while in the past
I have worked with giant grizzly bears,
ferocious badgers, and spring loaded bobcats,
nothing would challenge me and crew more
than an incredibly adorable baby red
fox named Lupine. One of the toughest things
about working with a fox is that a fox wants to move
around as much as possible. So right now, we’re inside
of Lupine’s enclosure. And you can see that this
looks completely natural, you can barely even
tell that we are in her enclosed environment, and
here she comes, Lupine… (makes repetitive animal noise) She’s very excited
to have us in here… Come here, come here you. As soon as she
starts to calm down, I have a good feeling
that she’ll probably come close for the cameras,
but at the moment we have to let her get acclimated
to us being in here. (makes repetitive animal noise) There you are, are you
gonna come hang out with me? Right about now, I’m
sure you are wondering, what in the world are those
noises Coyote is making? (makes repetitive animal noise) Well, they’re fox calls
that Steve taught me. You see, Steve has the uncanny ability to speak with animals. Now Steve, I hear you
making this little sound… (makes animal noise) Sounds like a turkey noise. – Well, I’m talking
mink language now. – That’s mink? – Yeah, yeah, mink
language, you might try it. – Okay. (making animal noises) – Gotta go faster. (makes animal noise) Pretty good, pretty good. – And he said that
if I can master the language of the fox, I
would likely become one of the skulk, which
is a group of foxes. (snapping and whistling) There you are, hello. You havin’ a good sprint? What do you think? How about you and I
have a conversation about your 12 vocal calls. I know you have 12
things to say to me. My fox lingo was a bit off,
so then we tried a fox toy. Just a simple duck
wing tied to a stick. That is what you call fishing
for a fox right there. Woop, you almost had it. I’m doing my best to
keep her attention. Hi, good afternoon. Keeping a fox’s
attention in front of a camera is far easier
said than done. And before we knew
it, Lupine was back to running laps
around her enclosure. Hey, Lupine, come on back here. (making animal noises) Next, we tried to get
her up-close to the cameras by pretending
my hand was a mouse. What I’m gonna do right now
is turn my hand into a mouse. I’m gonna actually put
it down in this hole, and bury it in the
grass trying to make some mouse noises,
rustle this around, and see if I can get Lupine to come and pounce
on me, you ready? – [Camera Man] Yup. – Let’s try this. (rustling noises) (squeaking noises) Oh, yup, it worked. Ow, she bit right down
to the tip of my finger, only to find that it
isn’t actually a mouse. Well, that was pretty
cool, all right, well, apparently
I can speak mouse. Haven’t quite yet
learned how to speak fox. We had some pretty
good success at first, until she figured out that
she couldn’t eat my fingers. (squeaking) (laughter) How cool was that? Every single time she
thinks my finger’s a mouse. That’s such a great
hunting instinct for this baby
animal, to be able to learn that this is
how I catch mice. It is very, very
difficult to hold onto this baby fox
because she wants to run around in the enclosure. So, one tactic I used with
the ocelot was to take my sock off and get its
attention with that. (making repetitive
animal noises) Lupine, here we go,
got her attention. Oh boy, look at that,
oh, sock is good. It worked wonders with
the ocelot in Costa Rica, so, I figured, why
not try it with a fox? (fun music) Get that sock. Now, if I was one
of her litter mates, and I found something
out there in the wild, like a hunter who
left a sock behind, this would be a great
toy to play with. This fox is incredibly playful, and at this age, that’s
natural, but even adult foxes you’ll see runnin’
around out in fields, prancing, hopping,
playing fun games. Anything that she
can potentially get her claws and her
teeth on is fair game. And while tug-of-war
seemed to hold her attention at first, like
any curious baby animal, she soon lost interest
and went back to going everywhere except in
front of the main camera. Mario, you made a buddy. (making animal noises) – You’re so cute,
you’re such a cutie. – Well, she’s over there,
rolling around on her back with Mario, and he’s got
that big, fuzzy microphone on the front of his
camera, and I think she’s attracted to the shininess of the lens, or, the
microphone cover. It’s almost impossible
to keep her in one spot. I’m gonna put my boot
back on, and one of my favorite things to
do with the animals that we work with is
to actually follow them around with
a Go-Pro camera. So I’ve got the Go-Pro
set up on a gimbal, and let’s see if we can
track down the baby red fox. (repetitive animal noises) (fun music) The red fox is one of the most
elusive animals in the world. And I would say in my
lifetime I’ve probably only ever seen five
fox in the wild. And even when you do see them, it’s only for a brief second, so if you do happen
to encounter a fox, consider yourself lucky. This right here,
gettin’ to play with a baby one, whoo, it’s
absolutely exhausting. If there’s one animal
that has really worn me out, it’s
definitely the baby red fox. This thing’s got
more energy than any animal we’ve
ever worked with. For nearly 15 minutes,
we attempted to follow Lupine around her enclosure,
and for a brief moment, she rolled over on her
back for a belly rub. (making animal noises) Oh, there she goes, that’s about the closest we’ve been all day. Pretty cool, pallin’
around with a baby red fox. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, we’ll see ya
on the next adventure. Like I said in the beginning, filming with mammals is
incredibly difficult, and after two hours of
following this fox in circles, the crew and I call it a wrap. Getting to pal around
with Lupine was one of my fondest
memories from Alaska. And if there’s one
thing I’m confident we can all agree
on, it’s that this baby fox is about as
adorable as it gets. If you thought using a sock
to play with a fox was savvy, make sure to go back and
see how well this tactic worked when I got up-close
with a wild ocelot. And don’t forget, subscribe
so you can join me and the crew on this
season of Breaking Trail. (sound of an explosion) (wolf howl) (birds chirping)

100 thoughts on “Friendly Baby Fox!

  1. I encountered 2 one day. A mother and a baby. I was with my 2 friends in the woods where we used to hang out until one of them moved. I saw them and was like "Gabe?" And he was like "dude." Im like "look…" I backed away and my friend abbey went closer. They werent very close. I live in New Hampshire, and it would be cool to do a video in Brunswick Springs, Bloomfield, Vermont. Its awsome there. You wont find much, but you wont regret it. Bring something to put near the 7 springs. Its down the concrete stairs. I can give you more info if you want. I know alot about it.
    Like so Coyote can see!

  2. Steve is a loony ! That guy's just mental.. Especially with his (noises)… Wonder what planet he comes from !? Speak with animals yeah ok sure… Sound retarded yes 100% ! This is real life, not a D&D game with nature talk!

  3. this is so fun to watch… i actually have foxes in my yard, i live outside the city but they still made a home here since it's relatively quiet where i live, but i can only see them at around 3am to 6am CST and that's only IF i happen to be near a window before they go back into hiding, but they're really cool to listen to early morning.

  4. I JUST ENTERED THE CUTE ZONE!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍 I WANT A FOX!!!!
    Me: What does the fox really say?

  5. Coyote, I would like to seriously thank you, I grew up on the animal planet and the crocodile hunter and zabumafu and honestly the animal planet isn't even animal anymore. It is always some show making you fear parasites or some crap. Watching you videos not only are better than anything on that channel but i have less and less fear of weird bugs. When you find yourself eating chinese food while watchin blood worms bite you, i can say i am comfortable with bugs and all those creepy animals.

  6. i was once at my aunts house and i was the first to notice a baby fox in the back yard they thought that it was just there dog but i convinced them that it was not it was there for a pretty long time but we had to let there dog in the house so that the fox would not hurt it but uh i guess i am lucky now

  7. What does this mean kekekekekekekekekIt’s so weird and like you’re talking to a bug when you do it like that

  8. What…so your saying that you let yourself go super close to a wild Grizzy bear and Bobcats also furious bagers and you cant its impossible for you to get still a lovely cute nice kind baby fox what!


  10. I found a fox in my backyard when I was like 4. It was so cute! I tried to pet it, (Since I was 4, I didn't know much), and it ran away. I was so sad xD

  11. So your sock is SO STINKY that a baby fox mistaken it for rotten animal limbs/meat. UGH…🤢🤮🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

  12. Me:HMMMM why is coyote doing those noises??
    Coyote:you might be wondering why I'm making those sounds.

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