Any animal with teeth can bite. That's the golden rule of working with animals. Juniper does bite occasionally. Rarely to the point where she breaks the skin like this, but it has/does happen.
Foxes are extremely moody animals, and anyone who has worked with a fox can tell you that they've gotten bitten like this at least once. They're very possessive of food and or toys and it takes a lot of training to get them to the point where this isn't a regular occurrence. Being able to read their body language and understanding their behavior is very important. The key to avoiding bites like this is reading into their warning signals, but it isn't always fool proof and sometimes they aren't able to control their tantrums.
Foxes are not "pets", living with one meant changing my lifestyle to fit hers and loving her no matter how bad her behavior gets and occasionally it can be extremely bad. It's easy to catch videos of Juniper being cute and its even easier to forget that she's inherently a wild animal. After working with exotics for years I knew what I was getting into when I brought her home, but many people may not. It's important to remember that a cute video is just 30 seconds of her day. When it comes to nature vs nurture nature will always peep through.
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[P.S. I've made a post like this before and I'd really appreciate if we could skip the "it's a wild animal" and the "you deserve that" comments since that's the point I'm attempting to make. I am perfectly fine, she just bit my nose while I was holding her and these are all older photos.]
Hey party people! Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to pre order paintings. These slots are for the month of April, and they are filling up incredibly fast! If you're interested in ordering you can visit the link in our bio or go to Juniperfoxx.com #PabloPifoxso
If you've been following us for a while then you may recall us talking about foxes and resource guarding.
Foxes are notorious for being very protective of things they find valuable, like food. This is a completely natural response, but it can be a bit of a challenge to live with. Juniper has always been very food aggressive, even when she was only a few weeks old she would bite to draw blood when it came to her food. Because of the fact that she is indoors a lot and can occasionally mistake things that are not food as a meal... like socks... we needed to work on her aggression so that we could remove anything harmful out of her grasp.
A year ago I posted a video of Juniper snatching a bowl of food from my hand and protecting it by snapping and charging me. Today I'm able to sit next to her and even touch her while she eats her favorite @reelraw meal, without issue or fear of being bitten. If you notice, instead of charging or engaging in aggressive behavior she is actually giving me her butt and simply blocking me from her food. She's still able to exhibit her natural guarding instinct without being aggressive! Which is exactly what we want to see!
We're very proud of this girl and her accomplishments. If you have a question about Juniper or fox behavior comment below to see our answer in one of our next posts. For all of our informational posts click here #LivingwithJuni
We received so many requests to extend our Pre Order sale until Friday. So because you all are so wonderful we've extended our sale. Paintings will be available to order now until Friday! These slots are for the month of April, and they are filling up incredibly fast. If you're interested in ordering you can visit the link in our bio or go to Juniperfoxx.com #PabloPifoxso