Friday, April 29, 2016

Foxes Are Cute. And They Bite.



 
This Man Rescued These Foxes and Now They Won’t Leave His Side

Bored Panda 4/28/16 by James Gould-Bourn  Image credits: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Fantastic Mr. Fox may have been a work of fiction, but as you can see from these pictures, this man from County Kilkenny, Ireland is most definitely the real thing.

The man is Patsy Gibbons and his two adorable sidekicks are Grainne and Minnie. Gibbons nursed the foxes back to health after they were found abandoned as pups, and although the animals made a full recovery and could have returned to the wild, it seems that they decided to adopt their rescuer instead! Somewhat unsurprisingly, the three of them receive a lot of attention from local children, so much so that schools have invited Grainne and Minnie to come along so students can see them up close.

“I now have people from all over the country and indeed the UK asking me for advice on looking after foxes,” Gibbons told The Irish Examiner. “I’m no expert and I’m still learning from them day-by-day (but) I’m happy to advise as a lay person.”

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A word of warning:

With the exception of the tiny Fennec fox (or the domesticated Silver/Siberian Fox), I don't recommend keeping Arctic or Red foxes as pets.  They can become very tame, but never fully trustworthy and are especially dangerous around children.  They are far from being domesticated.  They also have a musky odor that is far worse than a ferret's.  They have teeth like any other canine and if scared they may resort to their wild instincts and cause you or someone else harm.  Most states will destroy a pet fox if a bite is reported because there is no vaccination protocolsource

These are Fennec Foxes.  They are wild animals, not pets.  Leave them alone.

This is the woman you can hold responsible for Siberian Foxes. Trut heads the experiment in Siberia where silver foxes, for generations, have been selectively bred for temperament. The project began in Soviet Russia, years ago, in an attempt to better understand the process of domestication.



So here's the thing. Siberian Foxes aren't Silver foxes anymore. like dogs aren't wolves. You can adopt a Siberian fox as a pet. Please never ever attempt to purchase a non-domesticated animal of any kind. If you do, you will be making both yourself, and the animal miserable! Don't do it! I'm serious! Keep in mind, as well, that Sibe foxes aren't as old a species as dogs. They're still working out the kinks, and it wouldn't be wise to buy one if you aren't committed to carefully and patiently raising it. This whole experiment can be viewed as a reminder to us all that we need to be more conscious of our animals, and how responsibly we go about our lives with them. Never buy an animal on impulse. Always be sure that your breeders are reputable and breed for temperament, very carefully. Educate yourself, if you are a guardian of an animal, frequently, on the behavioral habits, health requirements, and general needs of your pet. Thank you for listening, and I'm sorry for the long post. Your animal rehabilitation and protection community thanks you for being aware. source

 
PS, This is what lives inside a fox's mouth.  Razor-sharp teeth.  And they do bite.  Really hard and lightning fast.


Oh, and be prepared to pay from 6 to 8 thousand dollars for a "domesticated" Siberian Fox.
According to ScienceBlog.com, a domesticated fox from a Russian fox farm is around $5,950. - See more at: http://www.howmuchisit.org/domesticated-fox-cost/#sthash.7NaDMv5e.dpuf
According to ScienceBlog.com, a domesticated fox from a Russian fox farm is around $5,950. - See more at: http://www.howmuchisit.org/domesticated-fox-cost/#sthash.5VWTaI1s.dpuf
According to ScienceBlog.com, a domesticated fox from a Russian fox farm is around $5,950. - See more at: http://www.howmuchisit.org/domesticated-fox-cost/#sthash.5VWTaI1s.dpuf

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