Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fox Escapes Breeder To Meet Her Soulmate

By Zainab Akande
Storm, the fox, found the best friend a girl could ask for — in one dapper gentleman of a red fox named Jade. As for Jade, Storm's company was exactly what he was missing all along — he had somehow never met another fox in his entire adult life.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Doug Lindstrand

Jade was brought to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) over two years ago after someone tried to illegally keep him as a pet, Scott Michaelis, a staffer at the AWCC, told The Dodo. Up until Storm's arrival, the 3-year-old had no other foxes like himself to interact with, though the center did its best to make up for it with forms of animal enrichment and human interaction.
Storm, on the other hand, was rescued from an illegal breeder in Montana.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Chandelle Cotter

Had she not been found, she more than likely would have been forced to live as a household pet. The coloring of a marble fox in particular does not occur naturally in the wild and is a result of human meddling. These foxes are typically bred to be kept as pets or to be used in the fur trade. In Storm's case, she was lucky to be spared from either outcome.

As for Jade, he's finally able to indulge in the type of companionship that would have been afforded to him had he been left free and wild to begin with.

Storm and Jade "boxing," one of their favorite games to play with each other.Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Chandelle Cotter

"Red foxes are known to maintain a number of relationships in the wild," a press release from the center about Storm's arrival said. "The addition of Storm onto campus will be a mutually beneficial relationship and form of enrichment for both [Jade and Storm]."

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Chandelle Cotter

It seems Jade and Storm both find their budding friendship to be pretty awesome as well. The two hit it off right after meeting for the first time.

Watch some more of their first interactions below:

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