Friendship
Little girl becomes ‘best friend’ with orphaned fox
It's so wonderful to watch these two playing together.
D.G. Sciortino
11.01.22

Foxes are incredibly adorable creatures. Many of us would love to have a fox as a pet, like an Australian girl named Phoenix.

Phoenix’s parents took in the baby fox in 2015.

Since foxes are considered to be vermin in Australia, there wasn’t any place for the fox, who they named Fergie, to go.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

So, the fox stayed to live with the family who runs Greener Pastures Sanctuary in Waroona, Western Australia.

The sanctuary rescues animals from situations of neglect, abuse, and murder.

“I wasn’t going to let her die and I knew that we could give her a great home,” Phoenix’s mom Rachel Parker told The Dodo.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Phoenix and Fergie became fast friends. Phoenix lets her fox climb all over her, and Fergie lets Phoenix rub her belly and pet her.

Fergie is just like a dog walking straight up to Fergie and nuzzling her for affection. Fergie even lets Phoenix pick her up and hold her like a baby.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

“I had no idea how strong the bond between my little girl Phoenix and Fergie would become,” Rachel said. “She can get a little bit nervous of adults but she’s 100% trusting of Phoenix.”

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Phoenix grew up with animals all around her and always had a special bond with them.

She loves helping her parents to take care of the animals around the farm.

While she loves all the animals on the farm, Fergie is always the most excited to see her.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

“Fergie is always so happy to see her. She makes these little happy chirping sounds to welcome her and she only does it to Phoenix,” Rachel said.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Phoenix feeds Fergie in the morning and makes sure to spend time with her by putting down a blanket so they can sit together.

They’ll play with toys or just cuddle.

“Foxes are just like dogs and cats they need stimulation and they really shouldn’t be pets, but because Fergie couldn’t be released we’ve been really lucky to have this experience,” Rachel said. “They are like siblings.”

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

According to Pets WebMD, foxes are very energetic beings so if they don’t get enough stimulation they will destroy whatever enclosure they are in out of boredom.

They also are big on marking their territory.

And they have a very strong scent so if you kept a fox as a pet it would just stink up your house with its scent. Foxes are also known to be extremely loud.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

They can scream like humans at night during mating season, which is typically around January. So, you probably don’t want to wake up to that in the middle of the night.

Foxes aren’t also that great at accepting training. They are typically resistant to house training. While they can be trained to use a litter box they will still mark their territory when and where they feel like it.

But you can live your fox as pet dreams vicariously through Phoenix in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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