If you've been watching our story then you've already met this little guy. Last night we found this baby bat on our back porch. When I walked in the house I could hear him crying loudly, so I went to check to see where the sound was coming from and he was hiding from our cat, Olive, on our screened porch. We're not sure how he got back there, but I rushed to find him before she did. The general rule is not to touch bats with your bare hands as they're rabies vectors, but I was too terrified Olive was going to get him. So, I rushed to pick him up before scouring the house for some gloves. (Don't worry guys I've been fully vaccinated). He's currently doing well and while we haven't had any luck finding a rehab that is willing to take him, he's in good hands, has a full belly, and we're trying to keep him as stress free as possible for the time being. Thank you to everyone who's messaged us about his care!
Just your typical #MondayMadness. Juniper loves to play footsie everyday before breakfast. I was thinking about starting a vlog channel that would revolve around our day to day, with not only Juniper, but all of the animals we care for. What do you guys think? Comment below and let me know if that's something you'd be interested in or if you have any ideas of what you'd like to see if we started a YouTube channel! #snagglenation
Sometimes it's easy to forget that Juniper is an inherently wild animal
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.
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.
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.
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.
A little over a week ago I posted a video of Juniper crawling into my lap to take a nap. I thought it was just a fluke, that she was feeling cute that day, but I didn't expect it to happen again as she's not a huge fan of Cuddles. Turns out this is her new favorite thing and any time I put my legs in this position she takes it as an open invitation to make my lap a bed.
This is Ena the red fox, she was recently adopted by @ironwoodwolves to become an ambassador for red foxes.
"Ena was rescued from a fur farm and will live the rest of her life with us, helping us to educate the public on her species. However, this post is not all about Ena specifically. I am also going to take this opportunity to ask for your help. We adopted Ena from a lovely rescue in Lakeville, MN and the city is trying to shut them down. A public hearing is set for tomorrow at 6pm. Saveafox.org rescues kits and adults from fur farms that are of "no use" to the farmers. Although we do not like fur farming at all, it is extremely important for animals like Ena to at least have a chance at a beautiful life. If the city shuts down the rescue, more like her can face a very horrible death."
*HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Sign the petition: https://www.change.org (search fox rescue).
BRIEFLY & RESPECTIVELY:
CALL the City at (952) 985-4400, 952-985-4404 / FAX at (952) 985-4499
EMAIL the City Council at email@example.com
CALL/EMAIL each City Council member at
Please be sure to email a copy of your letters to Mikayla at firstname.lastname@example.org, for her to give to her lawyer to present at the hearing... @ironwoodwolves
When I first took in our sugar gliders I wasn't sure what to expect. I had worked with them in zoo's, but living with them would be completely different. It turns out that they are wonderful little companions that just want to sleep and pig out on snacks. Both Peach and Petunia ended up with HUGE, very different personalities and while they can be a handful at times, they also have a soft affectionate side that makes my heart completely full. #PeachyandPetunia