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πŸƒSometimes it's easy to forget that Juniper is an inherently wild animalπŸƒ β€’ 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. πŸƒ 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. πŸƒ 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. πŸƒ 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. πŸƒ For detailed info on different fox topics click here πŸ‘‰πŸΌ #livingwithjuni

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leo.glaz

This is really really really old ....but ........so that's what the fox says

o.kawa23

This post made me really really happy

shelbysway

That scared the shit out of me

dontcallmejesse

Thank you so much for always posting info like this.

xoxocesca

@duganlove you in the mornings

tora_tanchangya

@hellcangetus no they can't.... this habit is in their gene so it can't be easily changed....

pinenipple.xcv

I had a mini heart attack

miztlyyy

Never mind, I wouldn't be a good enough mama, read the caption πŸ˜“ @fabiyog

fabiyog

@miztlyyy WE CAN DO IT

semaa_2090

Ich , wenn mich jemand abfuckt @zehra.oez @tubaoezn @16_senaaa

wyndstryder

I love what you do and how open you are on the reality of owning a wild animal. I wish all exotic owners were as honest as you πŸ’ŒπŸŒ»

weid_rollett

You when you get mad at me @livvmurr

livvmurr

@weid_rollett how did you even find this

mydarkhaven

It's totally normal behavior for animals to lash out just the way it's normal behavior for human beings to lash out. Because at the end of the day we're all animals

tarpie11

I've had several over the years, they are definitely wild. But fabulous / have you seen the new book about the Russian experiment to domesticate foxes over a 20 year period. I just bought it recently. First read about it in Nat Geo about 5 years ago. Selectively bred for 'pet like' behavior, over the years ears, tails smaller. Calmer. Wealthy Russians now keep them as house pets. My first was a Blue phase artic, second a Red, but she was gray with light blue eyes. Definitely not for everybody, but the Artic was almost dog like in behavior. Both of yours are gorgeous. X

noturn.unstoned

@marbles_0420 this is why I said what i did - read the thingy

eyyocousin

You when you're mad at me @theangeni

hollyhibbs

I adore watching Juniper and Fig and I love that you are "so real" about raising them. You definitley do not suffer coat which I think a lot of people do and that's why so many think they can raise a fox like a dog or cat. Kudos to you for keeping it as honest as it comes. It's very responsible and refreshing to see. Keep up your amazing work with these two and your beautiful pups. I'm in the process of buying one of Juniper's paintings. Let me ask you, is Fig going to paint? That would be sooooooo cool with his special right leg/ankle!!

vinniegee_andwife

You sick bitch what you do I have that animal somebody needs to put you in jail should be legal Poor animal doesn't want to go on your house

rena_9494

I'm so glad I read all of theses posts of the down side of owning a fox. For awhile I was wanting one thinking they were just as lovable as dogs. But now i see it will be quite a handful. Maybe I'll look more into owning a raccoon even tho I know they are hard too.

tuckertanner

I'm not gonna lie. That did jumpscare me with headphones

_izumi_28

@vinniegee_andwife read the caption.... Look at her account.... And say that again

princedespereaux

me every morning