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I don't know if you guys have noticed, but Fig is huge! At only 3 months old he's already nearly the size of Juniper. I think he may end up being a pretty big boy when he's fully grown.
Recently I've started hand feeding him all of his meals, this has helped tremendously with his timidness. He will now run up to me when he sees me, instead of running and hiding. He still isn't keen on being pet, the only time he is really affectionate is late in the night when the house is completely silent. We had a huge break through with him a few nights ago. Instead of begrudgingly letting me pet him, he actually laid down completely content while I stroked his side.
A lot of you asked where Fig was in many of the videos I've posted recently. He currently spends the majority of his day sleeping under Juniper's yellow chair. That is his kingdom and he almost rarely leaves that throne until he's ready to party on my bed at 1:30 every night.
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"Why does Juniper's butt look weird?"
"How do you groom her?"
You guys, Juniper has been excessively shedding for months now. Red foxes grow thick winter coats and instead of shedding all year like most animals they shed their entire coat over the course of a few months in the spring and summer.
Juniper almost never gets baths, her coat is extremely silky most of the year and dirt seems to just slide right off. She also does a great job of keeping herself clean, but in the summer she needs a little help with that back end...
Currently she's brushed at least twice a day, and we have to vacuum the carpets twice a day as well! The fur is never ending around here.
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🌿Q & A🌿
If you're new to this page this is just a general post we make every so often just to go over some information. Please remember that foxes are inherently wild mannered and while they do portray characteristics similar to cats and dogs, they are still a fox. So, to answer some of your most common questions 👇🏼
Foxes smell horrible. You can smell Juniper the moment you pull into my drive way. Their urine and feces smell like skunk mixed with ammonia. There is no way to “de-scent” a fox.
Foxes can't just be kept in your back yard. Or in your home. They need their own space to be able to do fox stuff. They're avid diggers and will most likely destroy your flooring at some point or another. They can easily dig under any fence or climb over it.
Foxes need a special diet and must be fed some raw meats and bone content. They also need taurine, or they can go blind, suffer from seizures, and even die. Simply giving them dog or cat food will not do.
Foxes are illegal to own in many areas. Just because they are legal in your state, does not mean the same is true for your city. Legality depends on permit regulations. You do need a permit.
Foxes pee on things they think is theirs. This is a marking behavior and nearly impossible to break them of and remember their pee stinks. So having a fox means having almost everything you own smell awful.
Foxes are easily stressed by new situations and people. They usually bond to one person and find exposure to new people and loud noises to be frightening.
Foxes do not always get along with dogs, and in fact, most dogs are pretty likely to hate them.
Foxes naturally guard their resources, this means they are prone to biting when you're near something they find valuable and don't want you to take.
We love Juniper and Fig dearly and while there are just as many upsides to them living with us (they're obviously adorable) it's important to remember they are foxes, not dogs and to respect them as such.
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Lately, the most popular question I receive is "what's wrong with Fig's eye". As many of you already know, Fig was born on a fur farm and rescued by @mikdolittles_animals . Foxes that are bred for their fur are usually kept in a wire kennel through out their lives. When Fig was only a few weeks old he was cut by the kennel and that cut developed into a bacterial infection.
When an animal has a bacterial infection the bacteria lives within the bloodstream and releases toxins that damage the blood vessels and reduce the flow of oxygen to the major organs including the skin and underlying tissues. Because of this reduced oxygen in the blood it can cause limb loss and tissue damage.
Along with losing his right foot, and most of the toes on this back feet, Fig also had major tissue damage to his left eye. For the longest time his inner eyelid was covering his entire eye, but as time progresses and his eye continues to heal his inner eyelid is slowly retracting showing us what still remains of his iris and pupil. Even though he is able to move the eye, he will remain blind in that eye for the rest of his life.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to help us with Fig's prosthetic foot. We reached our goal within two weeks which is amazing! You're all wonderful little gems and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your love and support. (Ps. The denim jacket helps with his anxiety in the same way a weighted blanked does for humans)
For more information about Fig click here 👉🏼 #FigTheFoxx
When one of my favorite designers( @fleamarketfab ) offered to send us a vintage pouf for Juniper I thought, "Yeah! That's great, but she's definitely going to destroy it." Turns out it's her favorite bed and she guards it with her life.
Two and a half years together and she still surprises me daily. (Edit: You can find poufs like this at @shopfleamarketfab)
Does anyone else just have those days where you do nothing, but cuddle?
Update:Fig has started to become much more comfortable in the house. Juniper constantly reassures him that there's nothing to be afraid of. She's still taking her mothering roll seriously and I've seen a drastic change in her personality since Fig arrived. Has anyone else noticed how calm and affectionate she's become over the last few months?
Figs personality could not be more opposite from Juniper's. He's very lazy and laid back, almost nothing seems to phase him. His favorite thing to do is sleep and if he's not sleeping he's busy lounging. He's not possessive of toys or food. He loves being kissed and held. He doesn't bite or nip at all and when Juniper was his age she was a heathen. Because of his gentle nature, I'm hoping that we will be able to do educational programs with him in the future. Which means you guys would have the opportunity to meet Fig and learn more about Ranched foxes, animal orthotics, and the fur industry! (Juniper and her spit-fire personality make her unpredictable and she can't always be trusted around new people. She would probably still accompany us to these programs, but she would not be able to be handled by others.)
I would like to personally thank everyone who has donated or purchased an item from us to help us raise money for Figs new foot. We're very close to meeting our goal and I cannot wait to share the rest of this journey with all of you!
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This morning has started off full of wildlife. Twice, I had to stop to help some turtles cross the road safely. While moving the second turtle a white tailed deer popped out of the forest with her fawn to see what I was doing and stood with me for a while before walking back into the woods. (Take a peep at my story if you'd like to see a super shaky video of them.)
It's summer here in the US and that means there are plenty of reptiles using the road to sun themselves. Remember to be kind my friends, it only takes two minutes to stop and save a life 💕
(Edit: This is an Eastern Box Turtle, but it is normally tortoises that are in the road. Be cautious not to place a tortious in the water.)
Because so many of you expressed a desire to help us raise money for Fig's orthotic I've started a donation page for him!
I hadn't anticipated receiving any donations for his new foot and I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages and comments I've received asking how you guys can help. I can't believe your generosity and I want you to know how grateful I am for every one of you! We're hoping to have him fitted for his new foot by mid August.
If you'd like to donate you can visit our website Juniperfoxx.com. There will be a link to his fundraiser page at the bottom, if you're outside of the US you can also send donations via PayPal to Juniperthefox@yahoo.com. If you'd prefer to help by purchasing an item from our shop that is also an option. All paintings will be 20% off now through July 4th if you use the code:FigFox .
(If you've previously placed an order for a painting and have not yet received your shipping confirmation keep your eyes peeled. I have quite a few paintings shipping this weekend and yours is probably next ☺️)
My favorite thing about living with foxes is having the opportunity to gain their trust. They're aloof, tentative, and graceful. Only showing the best parts of themselves after you've proven yourself to be trustworthy. The more time spent with them the more they blossom, and today my little flower couldn't stop smiling at me.
"To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world..."
Update: Fig has been with us for a little over two weeks now. He's still very skittish around people, but he does come up for treats. (Who wouldn't). His favorite toy/best friend is a Hippo with crinkle paper guts. He diligently hides his friend in my bed every morning and pulls him back out to play each night.
•He loves miss Juniper, almost as much as she loves him. They spend their days sleeping under the bed until the sun goes down. Then they're ready to party.
•He has a little blue jean vest he wears that helps with his anxiety. You can see a little peep of it here, but I think you guys need a video to fully appreciate how adorable he is in it. As well as how helpful it is at making him feel snug and safe.
•Figs leg, toes, and eye have all healed very well. I have noticed that he gets tired much more quickly than a fox his age should. I'm debating getting him a prosthetic a little earlier than I had originally anticipated to help with this as well as with the stress he seems to be putting on his good leg.
More updates coming soon! For all of figs updates you can check out his new hashtag #FigTheFoxx