Foxes are lovely animals. They’re beautiful, smart, full of character, and funny. Most of us will only ever get to see a fox in the wild, if we’re lucky, but Jessika Coker has been fortunate enough to take one in and have it as a part of her family.
A few years back, a friend of Jessika showed her a post on social media about a fox kit up for adoption. Foxes are usually wild animals that can’t live with humans and should never be raised as pets, but the foxes advertised in that post come from a line of foxes that have been domesticated for over a century. This meant that they were used to humans, and couldn’t survive in the wild. And they needed a home.
Jessika decided to take in one of those baby foxes and name her Juniper. Her life hasn’t been the same sense. Raising a fox is no simple feat – even domesticated foxes aren’t fully suited to our modern lifestyle, and require permits, a fenced yard, a specialized vet and very, very patient owners.
But there’s also something magical about the experience. Juniper is an intelligent, expressive fox, and Jessika even describes her as “more human than animal.” She loves playing, running, eating socks, and cuddling with her human. And above all, it’s heartwarming to see what a loving home Jessika has given her.