​Mum Adds To Her Gang With Pet Fox After It Was Abandoned

Whether it's a cat that totally hates us, a family dog that has the shittiest breath on the planet or a goldfish that we secretly regret, we all have soft spots for the daftest of animals. But a fox?

Mum-of-two Natalie Reynolds - whose family already includes three dogs and a bunch of cats and horses - has added to her mob with Jasper, who is a fox cub.Fox

Natalie takes Jasper for walks on a lead. Credit: James Linsell- Clark / SWNS

The family, who live in Sarratt in Hertfordshire, adopted Jasper seven months ago from a vets when he was just two days old.

The fox had been handed in after being abandoned by his mother - and then mistaken for a tiny puppy by someone.

"One of my friends called me," Natalie says. "She's a veterinary nurse and said they had just had a fox club handed in and that he would need hand-rearing because he needed bottle-feeding every couple of hours."

"I was up every two hours in the night with him," she continues. "It was like breastfeeding my children."


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Since then, Jasper has settled in well and gets on with her five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son - though it's not been completely plain sailing with everyone in the family.

"He's got a different bond with me," says Natalie. "He's not so great with my partner.

"He's like a cross between a cat and a dog. He's part of the pack. The dogs chase him around but the cat isn't too fond of him."

Natalie says he also has a tendency to nip strangers when she takes him out for walks on a lead.

A fox on a lead may give you one hell of an image, and Jasper may seem like a cool playmate, but Natalie is keen to stress that keeping a pet fox isn't exactly ideal.


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"We're very fortunate that we have the stuff to keep him here, but it's not something I would advise in any way," she says.

"I don't want people to go out and think, 'this is great'. He's just not good in a domestic situation."

"He smells," she adds. "They are just not a household pet." Who would have thought it...?

The RSPCA also agrees, saying that while there is no legal restriction on keeping foxes as pets, they have not been domesticated and a fox in captivity would have the 'same needs as in the wild'.

Featured Image Credit: James Linsell-Clark / SWNS

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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