At first, she only took one cub, and stayed away for over an hour.
"I believe once she'd picked the first one up and knew the others were safe in the box, she waited until it got dark to get the rest as she must not have felt safe moving the cubs in daylight," McDonald said.
She eventually returned for another cub. And another. And another.
By 7 o'clock, the mother fox had taken every single one of her babies.
"Paul texted me a photo of the empty box," Hemmington wrote on Facebook. "All through this, I was letting Beccie and Craig know and everyone was so pleased that the cubs were back where they belonged ... with mum!"