Tod's Mother appears at the beginning of the film, running through the woods and away from a hunter and a hunting dog (both off-screen) while carrying her pup in her mouth. Finally, she comes to a fence by Big Mama's tree, where Big Mama watches as the mother fox leaves her pup in some large grass underneath the fence post to hide and protect him and then runs off into the distance, hearing the dog and the hunter coming near. Suddenly, gunshots ring as she is shot to death (off-screen), much to Big Mama's shock and the pup's dismay. She had sacrificed herself to save her offspring, which makes the pup now an orphan until being found and adopted by Widow Tweed.
Tod's Mother's death resembles that of Bambi's mother's death, as they both were shot by hunters off-screen.