pat wrote:oh, so it is a santuary. well, really surprises me that that fox and coyote was given up. they are so friendly.
do you have much of a background on the fox? or the coyote?
I looked at some of the other animals they have. looks like they have raccoons too.
did you get to visit them yet? assuming the raccoons were raised properly, they have such a great personality.
what else did you get to see or interact with?
I see they also adopt out. too bad you couldn't adopt the fox later. If you really wanted her, they might let you adopt her.
The coyote has a very depressing background. A hunter killer her mother when she was a pup, but he took pity and gave her up for adoption. She also had mange, fleas and was in horrible health. However, they nursed her back to health and is as if she never had issues. She loves people like no other. Skitter, I don't know her background, but I'll definitely ask the next time I go there (which is the 25th, which oddly enough, happens to be my birthday....)Fitting, huh? Again, I hardly have the guts to take care of a fox, as much as I would love to do so. There are many things I need to learn, and there are also dark, deep fears I have (about what could happen when keeping a pet fox) that I don't know if voicing them here would be the best thing to do.
Just being overly worried about what could go wrong if I ever had a cute fluffy fox. I hardly feel qualified to have one at this time. Maybe I should continue that topic in a PM
Other animals aren't as playful, though I got to hug one of the raccoons that lived there
Also, what did you mean by " really surprises me that that fox and coyote was given up"?
sarajeku wrote:Totem actually attacked someone last winter. It was the girl's fault for not leaving him alone after he started giving her warning signs. He ripped her a new one.. we had to pull him off with a belt wrapped around his neck like a leash.
But it did remind us that he is still a wild animal and still can be unpredictable.
I TOLD the girl not to go in with him because he was in a "mood" that day, but did she listen? Nope. Younger, new volunteers see how I interact with him and think they can run in and hug him, and it overwhelms him. That's what she did. Rather than keeping her distance until he came to her (which is what I STILL do, after almost 4 years). He dives into my lap on his own free will, acts like a happy puppy when he sees me because he knows me well. New volunteers that he doesn't know, he is wary of and wants his distance until he is absolutely sure of them, which takes a while.
We have let a photographer in his enclosure before, and he was fine. He investigated her camera and her. But she didn't want the interaction- just the photos.
Such is the nature of interacting with an exotic animal, there is always a possibility of something going wrong, but it's rarely set in stone. I have never had any issues with Skitter or Tazzina, they're just too tame
But yeah a child got too close and she didn't know that she was getting in her personal space; heck, even I get annoyed when people are in my personally bubble and that's what happened to Tazzina and the child. She had part of her jacket torn, but no damage. Many young people need to realize that animals (esp. medium-sized carnivores) need to be approached in such a way and to be respected. I try my darnedest to be careful whenever I play with them. I identify myself by calling out to them and they immediately come running. I probably sound silly by doing that or by underestimating their residual instincts. Heck, I'm probably dead wrong about the whole approaching-them-by-calling-out.