Wild Animals/Questions on foxes


Patti wrote at 2013-03-17 04:06:22
I have a grey fox who is 11yrs old. My ex-husband found her when she was 1 or 2 days old. She looked like a small pup or kitten. I bottle fed her and like all other baby animals I had to rub her bottom the first few weeks for her to go to the bathroom. She was spayed at 9 months. A few things I have learned is that they have some kind of gland in them that makes their urine smell like a skunk. They are very intelligent and temperamental animals. She doesn't bark, but whines when you give her attention. When I don't give her enough attention she gets mad at me turns her back to me and growls at me instead of whining. And she won't look at me. It takes alittle buttering up on my part, but she forgives me and climbs in my lap and gives me kisses. When I lived in the woods I could let her out of her pen (10X10 chain link) and when she got tired she'd come back to her pen. She's a very picky eater. And has a very big sweet tooth. The only raw food I give her is eggs once a week for her coat. She loves cereal and milk. But even though she has never lived in the wild, she still has a few wild tendencies. Mostly when she's eating or has something she really likes and doesn't want to give it up. Like a dryer sheet. She rubs herself on smells she likes. When I first got her, my dog, cat and her would play together. My dog would deflea her. So it is possible for them to get along with other animals. And she's very protective of me. Only my brother and myself can give her a bath,meds, or even reach down while she's eating. I'm not an animal expert, just an animal lover. I rescue animals domestic and wild. Normally after the wild ones are grown or healthy I set them free. But I couldn't with her because she was to humanized. A fox is a good pet, but I don't recommend people to go out and grab one. They still can be vicious if they don't like something or someone! And they are very temperamental. I hope some of this is helpful. If you have any questions or want a pic of her just e-mail me. I don't understand why zoo's don't have foxes they aren't that hard to care for or to understand. I call her my cat dog. Because she has dogs ways but climbs like a cat.  

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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