By Ame Vanorio
Falmouth, Kentucky, United States
Posted Sep 06, 2018
Roald the Red Fox was named for Roald Dahl, the famous children's author of among other books, Fantastic Mr. Fox. As a wildlife rehabilitator, I take in 1 - 3 Red Fox kits every year. Our goal is to raise them to discover their inner wild and be releasable.
Red Fox do not make good pets. They like to chew and are very destructive. They also bite. I have a pair of heavy duty farm coveralls that I wear into the fox enclosure because they like to go for ankles.
A fox, unlike a dog, still has many ingrained instincts that make them very hard to train. They are aggressive because those are skills they need in the wild. A fox does not understand the difference in being a pet and being a wild animal.
Foxes produce urine that has a very strong smell and males will spray their urine on things to mark their territory. And yes, I have been sprayed with fox urine. I guess I should be flattered that I was part of his territory!!
I loved Roald and it was a joy watching him grow and become ready for release. He is now a wild fox living out in my woods and enjoying the life he was meant to have.