Fennec Fox as a Pet
You may not be familiar with the Fennec Fox, but this furry little gremlin is fast becoming a popular pet.
Believed to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua, Fennecs are the world's smallest canine. They belong to the fox family, a fact some say means they shouldn't be allowed as pets.
26 states allow the foxes, many of which require an exotic pet license. Agility and cunning are the animals' best defense – and an endless supply of energy means that if they escape, there's little chance of being caught again.
The “Desert Fox” is native to Northern Africa, where it's regularly hunted for it's pelt. As a result, Fennecs have been listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) list of threatened animals since 1985.
But increased breeding in the United States could change that. Owners claim to have taught them to fetch and even use a litter box.
They weigh up to three pounds, and with fur that covers even the bottoms of their feet, Fennecs are pretty cute.
This isn't the type of pet you'd want to carry around the mall. Fennecs require elaborate enclosures – they like to jump, scurry and burrow. So pet lover beware – do your homework before buying one.
Do you think this endangered species should be allowed as a pet? Tell us what you think by posting comments under this story.
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3 years ago
The fennec fox is not on the endangered species' list. If it were an endangered species, it would not be legally kept as a pet. Simply because it's considered an exotic pet does not automatically mean that they are rare and few, it simply means that they do no originate in the states. Do us all a favor and research what you're typing an article on before posting something that's going to give people false facts. The fennec is not, and I repeat, NOT on the endangered species list.
3 years ago
I do not have a pet fennec, but I have read extensively on them and found again and again that fennec foxes make wonderful pets. They are smarter and more agile and mischievous than a regular dog or cat. I also know that they are NOT ON THE ENDANGERED LIST and that in the US they are NOT TAKEN FROM THE WILD, as this article implies. Professional licensed breeders in the US have been breeding them years, just like your pedigree dog or cat. They require lots of attention, and many precautions have to be taken to ensure that they have a safe "home" enclosure that they cannot escape from. Ferret cages often work well. They eat a relatively easy mix of premium wet and dry dog and cat food, fresh vegetables, fruit, egg, mealworms, andcrickets. They are nocturnal in the wild, but often adapt to their owner's schedule in captivity. They can be litter trained, but not 100%, and sometimes they leave you little presents around the house. They also have a compulsion to hide and store food around the house, in case of famine. They are virtually odorless. Although they are legal in 26 states, in most of those states you need a special permit in order to have one. I also encourage people to do extensive research on this little guy before getting one, as small and simple things can hurt or kill them. For example, if you give them a litter box with catlitter, it sticks to the fur on their feet, and causes serious digestion complications. They need shots and medical care like dogs, and not all vets will cater to exotics. I am not suggesting that this is a good pet or not, as people/families differ in the time and care they are able to bestow upon a pet. I am simply supplying the information this article lacks, and saying to the author: If you are going to ask people a question, please provide them with accurate and complete information so that readers can make their own educated decisions.
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