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Hello + Fox Help

Postby Mermaid » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:21 am

Hello, my name is Alysha (like Alicia) and I live in America. My boyfriend recently found a fox and would like to keep it, only thing is we have no idea what we're doing or even what type of fox she is (it is a she, we have no idea, how do you tell the difference?) pic attached. https://ibb.co/cLHjNH
Any sort of help and quickly would be super appreciated, she's about 3 weeks old and is working on going from being bottle fed to hard food, she's adorable and I've been working my butt off reading a ton and this is the only super helpful site I've found icon-smile
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby Ash » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:43 am

Hi, and welcome to the board!

In most states keeping it would be illegal. It needs to go to a licensed rehabber or be put back where it was found.

If you do decide to keep it anyway, we can help you out with any fox problems that arise. If you need anything, let us know and hopefully we can help. Are things going okay so far?

Welcome to the board. Glad you could find us. :)
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:34 pm

It's a red fox. Ohio requires a permit for them but they have to be captive born for the permit. You can call and ask 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) If you want but it says so here: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/licenses-an ... es-permits /edit

List of rehabers so she can be raised to go back to the wild
http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wil ... tators.pdf
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby Mermaid » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:27 pm

Actually the fox is in the UK, boyfriend has it, he's working on getting the lisence for her. It's legal there seeing as they're common. He tried letting her back out, but her mother never came back for her.
She's started eating boiled eggs mixed with her formula and other than that all she's done is sleep. I think he's doing okay but I have no idea
He's kinda just winging it, I made him read the two separate guides posted here and they were super helpful. He's getting her one of those indoor puppy pens soon so she can run around more freely.
Every day he has to cover his whole bed with puppy pads so she doesn't pee everywhere lol.
How alike are foxes and dogs/cats? Because honestly she's Ben acting very similar to both. How early can we begin training and how do you go about starting it.
I would appreciate any info you could give me greatly
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:14 pm

Actually no it's not. You can keep a fox there if you buy it from domestic lines and you can keep one that is wild only if it is in unreasonable condition, like missing a leg or some reason it can't be rehabed to live wild.

"It is considered breech of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to capture healthy wild foxes for the purpose of keeping them contained in captivity to live as pets." ~ http://www.blackfoxes.co.uk/information.php

People have had foxes taken away that they raised from cubs because of this. You will be better off letting her go to a rehab and buying a fox cub later after you've better prepared. Maybe https://www.facebook.com/southessexwildlife/ Is close enough to take her to.
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby Mermaid » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:17 pm

Well sh**, really don't want to have this conversation with him.. But okay, thank you for your help
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:49 pm

I understand. It would be hard to part with a baby, especially after having it a bit but it's for the best. She can be raised to go back to the wild and if he decides he's up to the challenge of a fox he could get a domestic cub next spring.
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby Mermaid » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:52 pm

Quick question, about how much does it cost to get one? Because he's always wanted a fox, which is the only reason he was so excited to keep her. I know telling him he has to get rid of her is going to break his heart, but if I promise him a baby next year, or sometime in the future, I know it will lessen the hurt
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:38 am

I don't know about in the UK but in US they are kinda cheep, like $400-700 depending on color.
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby Mermaid » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:59 am

Alrighty c: ty have no idea how I'm gonna pull it off, seeing as there's tons of scams, but hopefully we can figure it out
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Re: Hello + Fox Help

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:39 am

Black Foxes Uk has some info on care http://www.blackfoxes.co.uk/the-silver-fox.php
Ash has some care sheets too https://www.wildhearts-exoticanimals.com/caresheets
So you can prepare.

There are breeders in this FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/390601941051333/

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