Here’s a series of photos I caught of a father coyote bringing food to youngsters.
*They see him coming and run towards him, knowing he has food for them.
*One sticks its snout into Dad’s mouth in an attempt to hurry up the process.
*Dad holds them off until he finds a spot accessible to both pups, where he regurgitates the food and then walks away.
*The pups anxiously eat up what has been brought to them.
*One pup then wants more and appeals to Dad by thrusting its snout into Dad’s, but Dad has no more to offer, so the pup returns to the “pile” of regurgitated food.
*When both pups are finished, Dad gives them each a snout squeeze with his own muzzle: this seems to be a mutually initiated behavior with pups thrusting their snouts into Dad’s mouth as he extends his snout to gently grab hold of theirs. Is this a “thank you” from the pups, or “mind your manners” from Dad?
In addition to the coyotes naturally blending into the landscape with their camouflage coloring, the observation occurred at twilight when it was hard to see, so I feel lucky to even have been aware of the event. Interestingly, Mom did not participate, being too far away to do so, but she was within observing distance, and she was keenly interested in the goings on, as revealed by her focused attention during this feeding event. These pups here are approaching 5 months of age.