I used to have an adult fox come on my porch every night and just sit there. He looked sick so I would throw out cat food for him. I didn't mind him sticking around. Well he got to where I could walk out on the porch with him and sit there and he would be beside me. My mom hated him, said he looked evil but I think he just wanted a friend
. We did out sitting a few feet away from each other thing for about 2 years ( he was already about 2-3 years old). Suddenly it stopped, so I figured he passes away, since wild fox rarely live past 4 here. I've also bottle fed a baby fox at a friends house. They had just found it, didn't know what to do, I bottle fed it until the next morning and took it to a wildlife vet who takes care of orphaned wildlife. They're great animals IMO. They do what their nature is, what they were created to do.
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We had one who hung out around the horse barn. Sometimes, if I was very quiet when I arrived in the mornings to feed, I'd catch him still curled up at my horse's feet, in a pile of hay and bedding.
He always just jumped up, blinked at me, and scurried off. Far as I know, he never caused a bit of trouble around the barn, and I was quite sad to see him hideously injured by a steel jaw leg trap one day. He did not survive his injuries and it was not a nice quick death.
I've never known of anyone have a fox behave the way some of you guys are describing. Most people on my road raise chickens, goats, even pygmy goats, rabbits, emus, horses, donkeys, pigs, quail, gamecocks (ergh), and human children.
We have quite a few foxes, and have never seen the kind of devastation that is being described--nor did we ever have that when I was a child, growing up very rurally.
Now, the coyotes, which have been re-intro'd by some geniuses at DNR several years ago, have overpopulated and gotten out of hand. You do have to be very careful, about them, but again, folks just build enclosures assuming raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bears are going to try to get in.
On the rabies issue, Toby'shuman, if you did not even know there were two forms of the disease, perhaps you're becoming overly afraid of the unknown? The whole point was, the chances of contracting the disease from an animal who can't, you know, WALK, is pretty daggone infinitesimal. I guess you could hold it down and rub your hand with an old open wound right across its tongue, and really try to work that saliva down in there.
Lori--bats are the scariest, to me. I actually like the little guys, because of the trillions of mosquitoes and other pests they eliminate, but most bat bites aren't *felt* and if you would be unlucky enough to be bitten by one with rabies, that might mean you wouldn't know in time to get proper treatment.
I once, when I worked for a large animal vet, had to assist with euthanization of a rabid horse. He had the furious form. It was one of the single most stunning experiences of my life, and I felt so bad for horse and owner.
I always vaccinated my horses against rabies. Too many skunks, bats and raccoons hang around barns.
People are so detached from country life now,they think every creature is a Disney character. No idea where their food comes from and yet want to cuddle mangy 'basil brushes'
Not sure to whom you might have been referring here, but if I was included, see above