I’m Jessika Coker, owner of Juniper Fox, a two-year-old domestic fox who has over 2 million fans on Instagram. We live in the Florida Panhandle with a Malamute mix dog named Moose, a young male fox named Fig, and two Sugar Gliders named Petunia and Peach and quite a few reptile friends. Caring for animals has always been a passion of mine and I am working to start my own rescue for animals in need. I’m excited to publish my first book "Juniper: The Happiest Fox" later this month, giving readers an inside look at what life is like living with a fox.

Juniper has many passionate fans that leave comments and questions on our Instagram posts. Here are some of the most common questions I receive.

“Did you get them from the wild?”

Juniper and Fig are actually not from the wild, contrary to popular belief. Foxes like Juniper and Fig have been bred for over 150 years in captivity for their fur. These foxes are referred to as Ranched Foxes and are unable to be released into the wild due to their genetic difference and “tame” behaviors.

“Where can I get one?”

Foxes aren’t for everyone and I don’t recommend them as household pets. Even though they have some tendencies resembling dogs and cats, they are inherently wild mannered and at the end of the day act like foxes.

“Do they sleep with you?”

Juniper does sleep with me most nights. That is if you consider the hours of 4 am to 8:30 am “nights.” Most of the time she is indoors at night, but she prefers to parade around the house getting into anything she can while I try to sleep.

“What do they eat?”

Foxes need a nutrient called taurine to survive. This is found in raw meats. They are given a raw diet made up of game animals with a few fruits and vegetables thrown into the mix, but they prefer marshmallows and beef jerky if given the choice.

“Do you need a permit?”

You do need a permit to own a fox in almost every state in the US. Obtaining a permit means passing certain qualifications deeming you a good fox keeper. This is decided by the individual state’s department of natural resources.

“Do they smell?” and “Are they potty trained?”

Juniper and Fig do smell! Well, their pee smells. In fact, they have a very distinct odor that smells a lot like a skunk. Fortunately, both Fig and Juniper are trained to use potty pads when indoors, so the smell is generally contained in one room. We have to clean constantly to make sure that the house doesn’t have a lingering odor. Even though they are potty trained they will still mark things much like a cat. This is part of their instincts and nearly impossible to break them off, so we highly value our steam cleaner.

“Do they like affection?”

Juniper loves to give affection, but only on her terms. This usually happens when I’m in a deep sleep and her need to be pet is just too great. I wake up nearly every night as she nudges my hand waiting for me to scratch her until we both fall asleep.

More info: Instagram

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Cherie O 1 year ago

I follow Juniper and Fig on Instagram. They make me smile!!

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April Whitney 1 year ago

Snaggletooth time!

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Jason Abillama-Villegas 1 year ago

love that expression!

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Tom Hardeveld 1 year ago

now that is a Gorgeous picture. The reflection in the eye, stunning.

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Keri Burns 1 year ago

Awww - so cute together!

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Rebekah 1 year ago

Happy flappy. :)

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BarryAllenTheFlash 1 year ago

His little gloves ❤️

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Rachelle 1 year ago

What beautifully captured friendship :)

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Laura Perkinson 1 year ago

I am really glad you told it just like it should be. To many people buy wild animals and have no idea and those animals often meet a bad ending

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My O My 1 year ago

Foxy is in da hood ladies

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Ariel Dingeldein 1 year ago

He really does look like the world's happiest fox!

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Marilyn Slater 1 year ago

'Tell me, oh wise one...'

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Cherie O 1 year ago

The rainbow behind his little ear :)

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Gabrielle M. 1 year ago

Double Pffffffft ... who's teaching who bad habits here lol

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April Whitney 1 year ago

That face! Those paws! I'm dying... :)

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Amelia Junge 1 year ago

omg their floofy tails

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Blue Cicada 1 year ago

Someone's been chewing on the furniture, but it wasn't me! Probably not me...

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Rebekah 1 year ago

Yoga.

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Wamma Lamma 1 year ago

I can barely stand the cuteness!

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Cesar Mejia 1 year ago

I wanna fox

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My O My 1 year ago

Gimme a treat mama

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Alia G. 1 year ago

Beautiful...

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

Hehehe!! I left you a present somewhere in the house.... 🎶 You're never gonna find it.....🎶

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Tim Graham 1 year ago

I'm not gonna lie, that made me yawn...

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

MOM!!!

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Susann Campbell 1 year ago

Loves you too.

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

Best smile EVER!

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Sarah O'Dwyer 1 year ago

Fox-loaf...

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Wamma Lamma 1 year ago

Precious

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Wamma Lamma 1 year ago

I so happy you my momma!

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

I'm ready for my close-up Mr. Deville. I mean Mommy!!

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Arley Bindschadler 1 year ago

Bet ya I could .

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Nevaeh love fuentez 1 year ago

Boop

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Gabrielle M. 1 year ago

Oh my I am so loving the snaggletooth.

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Jody Brown 1 year ago

I smell Nutella!

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Hamlets twin 1 year ago

"I want these ones"

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Nikki D 1 year ago

aww look how happy he is with muddy paws!

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

Awww... That's the spot right there.....

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Gabrielle M. 1 year ago

Party Girl

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Blue Cicada 1 year ago

Am I getting royalties off of this merchandise?

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Nini Meow 1 year ago

Its so beautiful 😍

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Grace Skerp 1 year ago

Deep thoughts

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Gabrielle M. 1 year ago

She looks like a joy to live with!

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CastoiROBLOX 1 year ago

Leaves

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

Commence belly rubbing NOW!

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Jim Price 1 year ago

Draw me like one of your French vixens.

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Blue Cicada 1 year ago

I made a den. In the couch.

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Swarf 1 year ago

Gnar....

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Wamma Lamma 1 year ago

I love it when they do this--when my dog does it it's called thooper puppy!!

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

Fox love!

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Wamma Lamma 1 year ago

Iz warm and not in my eyes-best of both worlds!

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Keri Burns 1 year ago

Eyes full of adoration!

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Karen Dyer 1 year ago

Fox: come on lets go, lets go, lets go

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

Now, where did I put that squeaky toy?!

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Just Carmen 1 year ago

I been hidin' from you Mommy!

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Wamma Lamma 1 year ago

Iz fluffy like me, and purty too

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seanemone 1 year ago

uh oh she looks like she got some wild back in her in this pic--i don't mean it in a bad way, just in a 'don't run away from your human you'll break her heart' way.