With gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring, bee-centric gardens, Chicago’s nature scene has always been impressive. With the addition of the adorable baby lion cubs at Lincoln Park Zoo, and Chonk the giant snapping turtle, it seems like Chicago is a wildlife hotspot. Especially on the heels of the viral lakefront turtle spotting!
It seems like Chicago is turning into an epic wildlife frontier right before our eyes. Now, there’s a new family of foxes making their home in the popular Millennium Park!
The family, which includes 2 adults and 6 babies, stopped by a couple of weeks ago and decided to move in! It seems they’ve found themselves a new home, and they’re happy there!
The babies (known as kits) are often seen playing in the Lurie Garden located within the park. With over 350 kinds of plants, the garden is the perfect playing field for the family. The close-knit fam also goes out to hunt rats, birds, and other wildlife as the parents want to provide hearty meals for their growing brood.
As for their eventual plans? The foxes have taken up residence, at least for the time being. To help, the Lurie Garden team is partnering with Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute to create a safe living environment for the foxes. They are closing off the Dark Plate area located within the garden, using metal fencing during the typical hours the fox family decides to roam.
Officials urge those looking to spot the foxes to please be respectful, as foxes need space and should not stray from their typical hunting diet of found wildlife.
Foxes have been spotted by the lakefront trails over the years, as the spot is a great habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Still, it’s odd to see an entire family of foxes exist in one wide public park. We hope they like it here!