The beginning of this autumn for a family in Alsager, England was going to be memorable. It was Saturday when they got out in the backyard to play with the kids, but a strange animal was standing on the pavement, staring at them as they opened the door.
25. IS IT A FOX?
The poor animal probably froze in panic, but so did the father and their kid. Was the creature going to attack them? You won’t believe what happens when it starts walking towards them!
24. SILVER AND BLACK
David Scott (45) was getting into the garden with his kid when he was startled by a creature that looked like a fox but had a different color. It was silver and black instead of orange, so was it a fox? It also looked a bit bigger to be a fox…
23. POSTING IT ON FACEBOOK
What did the family do about their uninvited guest? Thinking the animal would leave, the family just went back inside the house and waited for it to go away. Looking through the window they realized that they couldn’t just leave it there…
22. LET PEOPLE KNOW
The black fox simply stood there, staring back at them. What could it want? Then they decided to make a post on Facebook, thinking the animal could be in danger. Here’s what the mother of the baby and Mr. Scott’s partner, Anna McArdle, said about the animal – this is so weird!
21. MISTAKEN FOR A DOG
“He’d gone out with the baby and I heard him shouting that there’s a wild animal and he was a bit panicked by it,” said Anna. When she got out to take a look, she saw the animal under the table and mistook it for a dog. But then, she saw the tail!
20. THE BUSHY TAIL
Ms. McArdle then explained that as soon as the creature stood up, she saw “its bushy tail and thought it must be a fox. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as black foxes.” Thanks to her post online, Amanda Lovett who is a former RSPCA inspector contacted the family and offered to help.
You won’t believe how the animal reacted when help arrived…
19. RESCUERS INCOMING
Seeing that the animal didn’t want to leave the garden, the family had no choice than call professionals. They took to Facebook, and Amanda Lovett contacted them. She arrived and saw the animal: “He kept looking as if he wanted to get in the house.” Did they catch him?
18. CATCHING THE FOX
Catching a fox is not an easy thing as they’re really fast and they can hide really quickly. The rescuer had no idea if the animal was hurt or if it was, after all, a wild beast… Could this be someone’s pet? While the fox was standing still and looking back at them they decided to do THIS…
17. THE RESCUE MISSION
Lovett had a lot of experience with rescuing animals, so she devised a plan. If she wanted to get inside a building, she tricked him into running to the utility room: “we shooed him into the utility room where I was able to calm him down and put him in a cat box.” What happened next is incredible!
16. THE SPOOKY FIREWORKS!
She had a grasper and a cat box with her to get this fox to safety. It was very important for the rescue mission to be successful because Saturday was “one of the biggest nights for fireworks, and we knew we had to get the fox to safety.” Then…
15. HE SEEMED TAME
She caught the fox and took him to the Wildlife Center Stapeley Grange who even stayed open later so that they can check on the fox. Lovett explained in a press release that the animal “was very quiet and seemed tame.” They also gave him a name!
14. SHADOW THE FOX
The staff at the wildlife center nicknamed the fox Shadow and stated that this male was a silver fox, who are usually bred for their fur. Shadow looked great and calm around humans, so he was probably an exotic pet that was either lost, ran away, or was abandoned by his owners. But who would abandon this beauty? Just wait until you find out…
13. WAS HE A PET?
The people at the RSPCA were trying to find out where Shadow came from. He was not microchipped, so things would be a little difficult. A wild fox wouldn’t be so calm around humans so they immediately realized something wasn’t right.
12. DID HE ESCAPE?
The manager of the Stapeley Grange, Lee Stewart, said: “It is likely that Shadow has been kept as a pet and he has either escaped, in which case we need to find his owners, or he has been dumped by his owners.” And that’s not all!
11. A CHUBBY SILVER FOX
He also added that Shadow was “checked over by our team of vets and was found to be in good health, just a little overweight.” So, apparently, life has been great for this stunning creature until he got lost or abandoned.
But here’s the weird thing…
10. HAVEN’T SEEN A SILVER FOX IN 25 YEARS!
Stewart said that Shadow is eating fine and seems to be in good condition overall. He also stated in a press release that he “is the first silver fox we have ever had here at Stapeley Grange, in nearly 25 years we have been open.” Why they are so rare?
9. A RARE VISITOR
“He is an impressive-looking animal and it has been interesting to us all to have such a rare admission,” concluded the manager. The staffers are now doing everything they can to keep their rare and stunning visitor comfortable, but what next?
8. SHADOW’S HOME
After the vets supervise Shadow’s health for a few more days and the rescuers find out where Shadow came from, they will have to find him a place to live. Shadow will be sent to live with a professional caretaker that knows how to handle foxes. Here’s why this is important…
7. SILVER FOXES AND RED FOXES
Silver foxes are from the same species as the red foxes in the UK. The only thing that sets them apart is their coloration. Silver foxes are bred for their beautiful fur and sometimes are kept as exotic pets.
Why having a fox as a pet is not a good idea?
6. A SPECIAL DIET
According to Wild Atlas, foxes eat rodents, rabbits, berries, and plants, and need a lot of space to roam. They do not thrive indoors, and they have a particular smell that you really don’t want it in your house! An adult can weigh from 5 up to 7 kilograms – and Shadow might weight a little over 7!
5. ONE METER LONG!
If you measure a silver fox from head to tail, it can be as long as one meter! You would say they are not bigger than a medium-sized dog, but a dog you can handle – a fox, not so much! RSPCA advises people to do thorough research before thinking of getting a fox as a pet!
4. IT CAN BE AN EXOTIC PET…
They explain that before getting a wild animal as a pet, people must research all the needs of that animal and see if they can offer them a comfortable and fitting home, care, and nutrition. Exotic pets also need to be taken to exotic vets if they get ill, and it costs a lot of money!
3. HE WON’T BE RELEASED INTO THE WILD
Unfortunately for Shadow who seems to like humans, he will not be released into the wild because he is domesticated, explained Ms. McArdle. He wouldn’t be able to make it on his own, so he needs to live in a sanctuary or be cared for by a specialist.
2. FOXES ARE DIFFICULT PETS!
“It’s a real shame foxes like that to be domesticated,” concluded Ms. McArdle. RSPCA does not advise people to keep foxes as pets even though they are cute. They mentioned that even fox experts with a lot of experience are struggling to care for adult foxes!
1. NOT FOR EVERYONE
Most people that decide to adopt foxes are not fully aware of what it takes to care for such an animal so adopting a dog or cat is the best solution in case you planned on getting one. Every animal deserves love, what’s important is that we won’t do the opposite and hurt them by mistake.