The name, Protective instinct, describes to perfection the feeling it wishes to transmit, the sense of safety, warmth and protection that the cub receives from its mother. In many cultures, the fox is believed to be a very astute animal and is used as a symbol of craftiness and intelligence in a great deal of folk stories. This quality is captured in the piece thanks to the expressiveness of the eyes of both animals.
The colors for the decoration are chosen deliberately to remove it from any pretence of realism. The blues and greys symbolize nightfall, a time when these animals are most active.