European Red Foxes were introduced to Australia in the 1800’s. But, now the animals are seen as pests and the public is encouraged to shoot any foxes that they see on their property.
Recently, a baby European Red Fox, now named Willa, was seen by a farmer on his property, so the farmer went to borrow a gun from his neighbor.
Fortunately for the fox the neighbor wasn’t at home.
The farmer didn’t know what to do with the fox so he called Sydney Fox Rescue. This rescue organization vaccinates, microchips and neuters baby foxes.
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None of the foxes caught will ever be released back out into the wild, where they are at risk of being shot.
Once at the pet sanctuary, Willa made friends with Isabel.
Isabel is a greyhound and she’d been unsuccessful at racing so her owner had taken her to the vet to be euthanized.
Isabel was lucky though, a woman overheard the owner’s conversation with the vet about putting her to sleep and she offered to take Isabel with her to the Sydney Fox Rescue.
Within a very short time, Izzy and Willa became the best of friends.
The two buddies enjoyed going for walks on the beach together.
According to the co-founder of Sydney Fox Rescue, Kelly Nelder, one of Willa’s favorite games is playing with Izzy’s tail.
Kelly said that Willa will sneak up behind Izzy and just stare at her tail and then – he pounces!
In spite of the fact that a new law was passed which makes it illegal to own a fox as a pet, Willa is exempt because he had already been registered before the law was put into effect.
So, even though Willa can’t go to the beach any longer, he can still live at the sanctuary with his best friend Izzy.
What do you think about the relationship between this little fox and his greyhound pal? Aren’t they adorable? Just like something out of a Disney movie, right?
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