As far as baby animals go, the cuteness factor of fox kits is hard to beat.
Every spring red fox vixens (red foxes are the most common and widespread fox species in Canada) give birth to an average of five kits, although litters can range from as little as a single pup to as many as ten furry bundles of joy. Red fox kits are born with blue eyes, but they change to amber in four to five weeks. They grow to adult size by around six to seven months.
Red fox mothers are very protective of their wee ones, but should she sadly die before the kits are large enough to take care of themselves, the father takes over as their protector.
In fact although foxes are generally solitary creatures, some of the photos below show the special playful bond that exists between young cubs and their mothers.
So without further ado, here are 15 of our favourite fox kit photos as submitted by members of the Canadian Geographic Photo Club.