Todd, the lovable Fox raised by humans, was rescued when he was only a young fox cub. Now, at 11-months-old, Todd is living the life of any happy family dog with his owner Emma D’Sylva. Todd gets along great with Emma’s two other Labrador dogs, Sky and Oakley. He also plays fetch, walks on a leash and greets his dinner by wagging his big bushy fox tail.
Todd was rescued at only 4-months-old, when his original owners could no longer care for him. In an interview with Dailymail, 25-year-old Emma said, “He was a bit crazy when he first came to me last year but now he has a really strong bond with me and he will walk on a lead.”
Todd causes quite a stir wherever he goes, this rescued fox might think he’s a dog, but onlookers approach Emma all the time to ask if he is actually a fox, and if they can pet him.
Emma explains that Todd is very similar to her other dogs, although he is a bit more hyper. He used to be “bonkers” but he has calmed down a lot in the company of others.
Todd enjoys coming inside from time to time, but prefers to spend most of his time outdoors in the garden. “He will come into the house but he has got a purpose built enclosure and he much prefers being outside.”
Emma said, “He is very playful with me. He will run up to me wagging his tail when I go to feed him and he will roll over to have his belly tickled.”
Emma and her partner, 34-year-old Steve Johnson, are no strangers to unique pets. In fact, Emma has a skunk, lizards, snakes and a raccoon! She takes many of her 40 animals to schools and care homes to help cheer people up by allowing them to interact with animals typically reserved to the wild.
Just the other week Emma took Todd on his first school visit and she said, “The children really enjoyed stroking him while he was in my arms.” She added, “He’s really getting used to things now and I’m looking forward to letting more and more people meet him.”
A spokesperson for RSPCA said there are no legal restrictions on keeping animals as pets in England and Wales, just so long as the animals are well cared for.
The spokesperson added, “Foxes have not been domesticated and a fox in captivity would have the same needs as in the wild. Anyone who keeps these animals is under a legal obligation to meet their needs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.”
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