Fatherhood

Two youngsters dart in for food from Dad — the two very active coyotes in the video are pups who are approaching, but not quite yet, 6 months of age.  Dad regurgitates the food — it looks like whole voles — and the two pups feed in a frenzy. They continue to insert their snouts in his mouth in an attempt to get more food — it’s like an assault!  He gently and repeatedly clasps their snouts in his mouth: Is he indicating that there’s no more food to be had, and/or is he confirming his dominance?  Note at 42 seconds that a pup crosses Dad’s path by going under him!

It appears that Dad is the one to approach for food like this these days. I have not seen this set of pups approach their mother recently in this fashion. Rather, she sits in the distance and watches all the activity — safe from the onslaught!

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  1. Charles Wood
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 07:25:52

    Pretty cute. My Dad coyote seemed to be the main one responsible for his brood in June and July. I wouldn’t see Mom at all when Dad and the pups began foraging near dusk at that age. When a little older I would regularly see both parents with the pups at the same time. Here is a photo I took mid summer where the pup is under Mom at greeting time, raking her abdomen with his toes. She wasn’t amused by the pup’s impertinence. http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=11541251

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    • yipps
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 17:18:11

      Hi Charles — Great photo of the little guy underfoot! A bonus about going to this photo: by clicking left or right, we get to see Mom, Dad and the pups from times gone by. These are beautiful photos. I think everyone who comes to this blog misses your running report of them. Janet

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