🍃Sometimes it's easy to forget that Juniper is an inherently wild animal🍃
In this video I went outside to say good morning to Juniper before giving her an egg for breakfast. Being nocturnal she's normally pretty grouchy in the morning, but generally doesn't mind a couple minutes of interaction. On this particular day, she decided to let me know she preferred some space, which is perfectly fine and I let her go back to sleep. What's important to remember is that this behavior isn't "bad behavior", but a display of her wild nature.
Everyday I get comments, DM's, and emails saying "I found foxes for sale online and I'm planning on getting one.. what should I know about them?" While I can't respond to everyone, I can make a post about it. I want our Instagram to be an educational resource. While Juniper and I are very close, and she seems very well behaved this isn't always the case. She's still a fox, and acts like a fox and in this video she's demonstrating typical fox behavior.
Every year I see so many foxes rehomed or perish within their first year because of assumptions that they act like a dog or cat. Coupled by the lack of information readily available. Dogs and cats have been domesticated for so much longer, they want to please people, to be close to people. Foxes one the other hand are prone to biting (badly) and destructive behavior. They require an extensive amount of time and attention to get them to the point where they are even sociable. They require permits to own and are illegal in most places. Most vets will not treat them and they usually require an exotic vet which can be costly. It's usually illegal to walk them in public places. They need an outdoor enclosure and cannot be kept indoors constantly. They're skittish, they smell, and they are almost never able to be fully house broken.
These are the things you don't see floating around online, the reality of living with one of these inherently wild creatures. Foxes can live between 9-15 years in captivity. 9-15 years of permits, costly vet bills, raw diets, and pee.. on everything, but also love. A lot of it.
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