Remember Rylai, the adorable white-furred red fox we wrote about a month ago? We’ve loved watching her grow into a big girl so we wanted to share her photos with you!
As cute and fun as it is to watch Rylai (who’s 2 months old), one of the best things about this story is about how much sensible advice Rylai’s owner has for anyone else interested in owning a fox or any other exotic pet. Read on for more info!
Meet Rylai, a domesticated white marbled red fox
She is now two months old – she’s growing up!
Rylai lives at home with two other dogs
“I’ve wanted a pet fox for several years. After a lot of research and waiting, I felt that my home and schedule were ready,” her owner writes
“Rylai is much more stubborn [than a] cat or a dog in every aspect”
“When she wants something, it is much more difficult to deter her”
“Her stunning coat color is the result of over 100 years of domestic breeding – she’s not albino
“Her color does not occur in the wild and only exists in captive bred foxes”
“While color is not the only reason why she can not survive in the wild, it makes her easy prey for predators and also makes hunting for food near impossible”
“Rylai can’t be left alone for long periods of time”
“I don’t leave for long dinners, movies, or anything that takes over 2 hours and even that is a stretch”
“Rylai is still learning how to walk on a lead with a harness but pet foxes in general can be taught to walk on lead”
Her owner wants to raise awareness about the responsibility that owning an exotic pet entails
“I have past experience with exotic animals and significant dog training experience”
“Rylai is my companion. We hope to continue to be a great example of responsible exotic pet ownership”
“I am in full support of adopting a pet from a shelter”
“That being said, responsible breeders (of any animal, exotic or not) and responsible pet owners are NOT the problem”
“The real problem is mill/commercial breeding, backyard breeding, and irresponsible pet owners”
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