Juniper, a.k.a The Happiest Fox, is one of the most popular pet influencers on Instagram. In fact, this friendly fox holds the fourth place in the list of the top 10 animal Instagram accounts with the most number of followers. The energetic fox is just tailing behind a popular cat and two famous dogs in terms of popularity. Well, dogs and cats are to be expected to make the list. But a fox as a popular pet? It may seem unlikely so but Juniper is here to prove that there’s more to love about foxes than their ‘trickster’ image.
Juniper is a North American red fox. But unlike most wild foxes, Juniper was born in captivity and was rescued from a fur farm. Foxes that grew up in captivity cannot be released into the wild since their upbringing is entirely different from their wild counterparts. In other words, rescued foxes from captivity may not last long in the wild. Since they are accustomed to human presence, tamed foxes can make great household pets. Just like their canine relatives, domesticated foxes are also as loyal and affectionate as dogs.
Juniper the Fox and Moose the Dog smiling for the camera
Jessika Coker instantly fell in love with Juniper at first sight due to her chirpy personality. Jessika is also a proud owner to several rescue dogs, one of which is Moose, an Australian Shepherd Malamute. When Jessika introduced Juniper to her dogs for the first time, the young red fox immediately made friends with Moose particularly. And the two instantly became inseparable bestfriends.
Two opposite poles attract each other indeed. The energetic young fox and the gentle mellow dog developed a friendship which is actually uncommon between dogs and foxes. Jessika often sees them snuggling and wrestling. And she can just see how happy the fox is with her dog friend.
“Juniper is in love with Moose and spends all day trying to get as much of his attention as possible.”, Jessika shares. “Foxes put their butts on things they want to own or think is theirs. Moose gets sat on daily. I’ll often walk into the room and see Moose lying down with such a glum look on his face while Juniper is there just sitting in his head smiling.”
Look at those smiles on their faces. There’s no denying the happiness they’ve found in each other’s company. Their friendship is indeed special. But before you go and try to find a fox friend for your dog, take note that NOT all foxes make great pets. You are only allowed to adopt domesticated foxes that are raised from government-approved facilities. Needless to say, picking some random foxes in the wild and bringing them home is both illegal and dangerous.