Meet Juniper, the world’s happiest fox

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While most of the people prefer the company of dogs or cats, there are some humans who make some strange decision when it came to choose a pet. However, living with a fox, who thinks she’s actually a dog and on top of that she’s behaving as the happiest animal on Earth, sounds more like a fairytale, doesn’t it? Well, it’s as real as it can be and today we present you Juniper, the pet fox.

Juniper has been bought from a farm when she was only a couple of weeks old. Since then, she’s living with her fur mom Jessika Coker, in Florida Panhandle. Though over the years, the family got a little bit more larger as “a Malamute mix dog named Moose, a young male fox named Fig, and two Sugar Gliders named Petunia and Peach and quite a few reptile friends,” have joined, the fox remains the heart of the family. And needless to mention, the superstar, since Juniper gained almost 3 million followers on Instagram.

But what this fox posses to steal the hearts of millions, you may ask!? Well, if her big smile, her constant happiness or her love fairytale with Moose are not enough, then I really don’t know what it might be.

However, while owning a fox is a dream for many people out there, according to Jessica it’s actually much more difficult than you think. “Foxes have a very high prey drive, meaning that they will attempt to hunt due to their natural instincts,” Juniper’s mom told Bored Panda. “Juniper and all foxes pounce in this way when they hear a scratching noise which to them resembles the sound of a mouse under the snow or ground.”

 

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Pounce, pounce, pounce 🐬 #landdolphin

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Besides being a great source of positive vibes with that smile, Juniper’s absolutely adorable friendship with Moose managed to stole the hearts of millions.

 

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…and we’ll always be friends forever, won’t we?

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“Juniper is in love with Moose and spends all day trying to get as much of his attention as possible,” – her mom, Jessika, told Bored Panda. “I brought Juniper home when she was only five weeks old. Moose was raised around all kinds of animals so when she ran up to him tail wagging and crying they were instantly friends.”

 

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Let’s talk about yesterday’s post. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of backlash we got for Fig’s new prosthetic, so for those confused or offended by the post I’d like to clear a few things up. 🌱 Firstly, many of the comments were regarding how Fig “seemed” fine without the new leg. Most of our photos and videos are indoors and yes, he does just fine without his foot indoors! It’s outdoors that his leg gets sore, and outdoors that his prosthetic will predominantly be used. Not only will it help with that, but it will also help with joint problems he may have in the future as well. Wild animals do this crazy thing where they will hide any pain or physical issues because that would make them a target in the wild. Just because he seems fine, does not mean that his joints don’t ache, that his gate isn’t off, or that his shoulder and leg don’t hurt from the way they he’s adapted to use them. 🌱 Other people stated that I shouldn’t have posted the video because they didn’t want to see him suffering. He was uncomfortable in the video, but did amazingly for an animal having something foreign strapped to his leg! I was really proud of how well he did for it being his very first time wearing this new contraption. He was only slightly uncomfortable, he wasn’t stressed, he would still take food and allow me to touch him. A truly stressed wild animal will bite, they will flail around, and they will release their bowels, among many other things. They do not respond when stressed, but Fig responded so well! The fact that he was completely unphased as soon as it was removed was also a great sign! 🌱 As far as the video goes.. this page was never to be a cliche Instagram animal page. I’ve always shown every side of coexisting with the foxes. Naturally I’m going to show the raw experience of what fitting him with a prosthetic was really like. It’s not going to be a sweet @thedodo recovery video at first. Real life isn’t always magical with inspirational background music. It’s work, and dedication to an animal, even when uncomfortable, even when unaesthetic, it’s knowing that a little bit of stress now can lead to years of a better quality of life. #bionicfig

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