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    Default Abandoned fox cub makes herself at home with pet shop owner

    A fox who was taken in by a pet shop owner when she was 10 days old has been so domesticated she now sleeps on a sofa and goes for walks on a lead.

    Miss Snooks the fox, who was invited in by Steve and Nola Edgington Photo: M&Y

    Miss Snooks the fox, who was invited in by Steve and Nola Edgington Photo: M&Y


    Steve Edgington, 56, took in the vixen when she had been seemingly abandoned by her family six years ago, but despite subsequent attempts to send her back to the wild, she has refused to go.
    Miss Snooks, as she is now known, wanders in and out of Mr Edgington's home in Ditchling, East Sussex through a cat flap.
    She has her own flat above the family pet shop which is equipped with a three-piece suite, a radio for listening to her favourite station, BBC Radio 2, and lair made of cardboard boxes and duvets.
    Mr Edginton even takes her for midnight walks on a lead where she can dig for mice.
    He said: "I had never really had a huge amount to do with foxes but I see it as fate.
    "When you fall in love with something there is nothing you can do about it and she has changed my life forever since.
    "She is a beautiful animal who is incredibly loyal."
    When she was first taken in, Miss Snooks slept with the Edgingtons' cats. Mr Edginton and his wife Nola, 55, would let her go for walks on her own but she would always return home within a few hours.
    Now fully grown, she spends most of her day relaxing on the sofa before a meal of chicken cooked in honey and dried cat food washed down with half a cup of coffee.
    Mr Edginton, who also has a dog and three cats, added: "It got to the stage where it would have been cruel to put her back into the wild because she would have not survived for long.
    "Foxes, particularly vixens, are very nervous animals and are conscious of other wildlife but she loves our other pets and they get on fine.
    "Whenever I take her for walks we try to avoid other dogs as there could be confrontation that is why I go out so late.
    "I would not recommend it to anyone because owning a fox literally takes over your life.
    "You cannot exactly ask a neighbour to look after her if you want to go on holiday so if you are not prepared to look after them 24/7 do not bother." Foxes are predominantly wild animals who generally live between two and three years but can survive for up to 10 years and are normally extremely wary of humans.
    Scientists in Russia have spent the last 50 years trying to tame the Silver Fox, with their research revealing that some become dog-like in their behaviour, putting their ears down and wagging their tails when happy.
    However, the RSPCA still advises against keeping foxes as domestic animals.
    A spokesman said: "Even the most experienced fox experts have failed to keep the animals successfully in captivity adult foxes tend to become very destructive and difficult to keep.
    "Because they have been in captivity the foxes are unable to fend for themselves and cannot be released back into the wild."


    Abandoned fox cub makes herself at home with pet shop owner - Telegraph

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    ... why is she feeding the fox coffee?
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    ^^Maybe she isn't a morning person..
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    I see this becoming a problem somehow especially after the story of the chimp going bezerk.

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    ^^^^Well, at least a fox won't rip your nuts or face off and tear your limbs apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crumpet View Post
    ^^^^Well, at least a fox won't rip your nuts or face off and tear your limbs apart.
    I dunno. This fox is caffeinated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    ... why is she feeding the fox coffee?
    Maybe she likes it? I have a cat who loves Dr Pepper. I found out when I left a glass of it unattended and came back to find her with her head in the glass drinking it.

    Also, my mates mum has a dog that likes red wine. She even has preferences about country/type. Merlot seems to be the favourite.

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    This is cute-I hope it ends well. Really,he didn't have any choice. She decided to be adopted.
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    Beautiful animal. The problem with keeping wild animals is their unpredictibility. There's always the possibility that it will freak out. Of course this could happen with a domestic pet too. One day it turns on you for some unexplained reason...

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    So pretty!
    We have one that roams around our yard daily. I will hurt someone if they do anything to mess with that fox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quazar View Post
    Beautiful animal. The problem with keeping wild animals is their unpredictibility. There's always the possibility that it will freak out. Of course this could happen with a domestic pet too. One day it turns on you for some unexplained reason...
    Agreed..and it happened to me. But remember that animals choose us, we don't choose them. If the fox is happy, good. When she wants to go, she will.
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    We had a neighbor with a half fox or something, but I'd be afraid it'd go crazy one day.

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    We had some neighbors who found an abandoned "dog" somewhere and decided to keep him as a pet. They later discovered that he was actually a full bred wolf (not a hybrid wolf/dog).

    As cute as the fox is, and as much as I love animals, I would be very nervous to keep a normally predatory wild animal as a pet. I've heard too many stories about them all of a sudden getting triggered by some random thing and turning on their owners out of nowhere.

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    My dad's (5) dogs love coffee. But it's truly very weak. My dad already makes it practically like water. And he dilutes it even more for them by adding a bit of milk. They eagerly wait for him to set the bowl down and then they all stick their little noses in and lap it up.

    They also sit at his feet while he eats his morning oatmeal and he saves just enough at the end (about a spoonful or two) to give each little dog a small bite. He literally spoonfeeds it to them.

    Needless to say, my dad treats these dogs like they were his little kids, practically. It's quite amusing. They even go to work with him a few days a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    So pretty!
    We have one that roams around our yard daily. I will hurt someone if they do anything to mess with that fox.
    Your own Yard Fox! All we have are scraggly coyotes that howl late at night. They make your hair stand straight up! Gimme the fix,anyday.
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