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The Arabian Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes arabica) is the smallest subspecies of the Red Fox. Like most other Arabian mammals, they are smaller and lighter than their European equivalents.

The photographer came across two families near Kuwait City, each with a set of parents and five kittens. One of the dens was closer to the shore, and the other was in an old palm reserve.

Unlike in Europe, where foxes are regularly sighted close to human-inhabited spaces, in Kuwait and other Arab countries, these canids are not all that welcome. A quick search of foxes on Google (in Arabic) is bound to throw up a lot of awful videos of people harming and killing foxes.

At the same time, the Red Fox population is increasing in the Arabian Peninsula, aided in part by the increasing number of food-rich sites associated with human activity in the region.

Arabian Red Fox on a sand dune in Kuwait
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One of the more cosmopolitan carnivores of the Arab region, they are found in a variety of habitats, from rocky mountains to sandy deserts, coastal plains and even small offshore islands.
Arabian Red Fox from the Doha district of Kuwait City
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Photograph of a lone Arabian Red Fox from the Doha district of Kuwait City, an area close to the shore.
Arabian Red Fox pups in Kuwait
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The Arabian Red Fox has a pale and short coat, with very large ears. One of the five pups was significantly smaller than the others (possibly the runt of the litter).
Arabian Red Fox young ones
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But the siblings were always together, never leaving each other’s side. Over a month, I could only get a handful of shots of the smaller fox by himself.
Arabian Red Fox near its den
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One of the pups pops its head outside the den, lit by the halo of the streetlights and automobile headlights in the distance.
Arabian Red Fox with Kuwait city lights
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The cubs are weaned after seven to eight weeks, when they begin foraging with the mother before dispersing, seeking new territories.