Location & Date: Waterton Valley Overlook, Waterton National Park | July, 2014
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ Nikon 70-200 at 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Of all of the foxes we got to know last summer at the den site we spent weeks observing in Waterton National Park, a kit we named Curious is the one who will never leave our hearts. Like her (we believe the kit to be a she) name suggests, she was constantly exploring, constantly shadowing the vixen in what appeared to be a quest to learn and was always full of the old nick. When her sibling was hit and killed by a car, she struggled to bring it back to life and went through a heartbreaking mourning process. When a mouse was caught, she would always look inquisitively at the rodent and play with it to learn how to become a better hunter. And when we tried to move her off the road with clapping, she would always try (much to our annoyance) to turn it into a game, playing a game of hide-and-seek. We have known many animals, but Curious will endure as the greatest of them all.