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 10 months ago

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

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April Whitney 10 months ago

Snaggletooth time!

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Jason Abillama-Villegas 10 months ago

love that expression!

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Tom Hardeveld 10 months ago

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

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Keri Burns 10 months ago

Awww - so cute together!

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Rebekah 10 months ago

Happy flappy. :)

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BarryAllenTheFlash 10 months ago

His little gloves ❤️

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Rachelle 10 months ago

What beautifully captured friendship :)

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Laura Perkinson 10 months 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 10 months ago

Foxy is in da hood ladies

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Ariel Dingeldein 10 months ago

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

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Marilyn Slater 10 months ago

'Tell me, oh wise one...'

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Cherie O 10 months ago

The rainbow behind his little ear :)

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Gabrielle M. 10 months ago

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

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April Whitney 10 months ago

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

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Amelia Junge 10 months ago

omg their floofy tails

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Blue Cicada 10 months ago

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

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Rebekah 10 months ago

Yoga.

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Wamma Lamma 10 months ago

I can barely stand the cuteness!

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Cesar Mejia 10 months ago

I wanna fox

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My O My 10 months ago

Gimme a treat mama

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Alia G. 10 months ago

Beautiful...

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

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

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Tim Graham 10 months ago

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

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

MOM!!!

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Susann Campbell 10 months ago

Loves you too.

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

Best smile EVER!

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Sarah O'Dwyer 10 months ago

Fox-loaf...

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Wamma Lamma 10 months ago

Precious

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Wamma Lamma 10 months ago

I so happy you my momma!

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

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

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Arley Bindschadler 10 months ago

Bet ya I could .

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Nevaeh love fuentez 10 months ago

Boop

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Gabrielle M. 10 months ago

Oh my I am so loving the snaggletooth.

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Jody Brown 10 months ago

I smell Nutella!

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Hamlets twin 10 months ago

"I want these ones"

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Nikki D 10 months ago

aww look how happy he is with muddy paws!

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

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

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Gabrielle M. 10 months ago

Party Girl

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Blue Cicada 10 months ago

Am I getting royalties off of this merchandise?

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Nini Meow 10 months ago

Its so beautiful 😍

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Grace Skerp 10 months ago

Deep thoughts

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Gabrielle M. 10 months ago

She looks like a joy to live with!

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CastoiROBLOX 10 months ago

Leaves

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

Commence belly rubbing NOW!

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Jim Price 10 months ago

Draw me like one of your French vixens.

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Blue Cicada 10 months ago

I made a den. In the couch.

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Swarf 10 months ago

Gnar....

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Wamma Lamma 10 months ago

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

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

Fox love!

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Wamma Lamma 10 months ago

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

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Keri Burns 10 months ago

Eyes full of adoration!

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Karen Dyer 10 months ago

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

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

Now, where did I put that squeaky toy?!

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Just Carmen 10 months ago

I been hidin' from you Mommy!

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Wamma Lamma 10 months ago

Iz fluffy like me, and purty too

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seanemone 10 months 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.