Some animals are meant to be pets. Others aren’t. Dogs – yes. Cats – yes. Alligators – no. Hamsters – yes. Elephants – no. Foxes – maybe? Foxes are wild animals and very difficult to domesticate, however, Mike Trowler takes injured foxes into his home. He befriends them and helps them live a comfortable life. But there’s more to this fox story than meets the eye.
The Fox Project is a charity that helps injured foxes in and around the area of Tunbridge Wells, England. On this occasion, they found an injured fox by the side of the road. Their vets found that he had toxoplasmosis and would not survive in the wild. So, they had two choices. They could euthanize him and put him down, or find a nice home and an adopted family. Thankfully, they opted for the latter.
Mike Trowler took the fox in and named him Cropper. Cropper ate and drank from dog bowls while Mike nursed him back to health. The fox was surprisingly friendly with Mike’s cats and cuddled them on occasion. He also loved a belly rub. The fox, that is, not Mike.
Mike and Cropper grew to be close friends until Cropper passed away after six years. However, he had a happy end to his life, unlike what would have happened in the wild or at the vet clinic. And he had a profound impact on Mike. Mike then took in fox cubs that needed nurture before being released to the wild, and another adult fox called Jack.
Apparently, Jack loves watching TV and even endures a bath in the sink to keep Mike happy and his house smell-free. However, it is important to note that foxes shouldn’t be kept as pets, and Mike’s work is only in conjunction with rehabilitation initiatives and animals that would not otherwise survive.
What do you make of Mike’s foxy friendship? Let us know in the comments, and share with your family and friends. You can check out similar stories on Happiest, like this one about a fox crying for help for her trapped cub.