People, I had SO amazing day yesterday!
The weather prognosis was very bad, but finally, the day was sunny and wonderful.
I woke up at 4:30 AM to get to Prague, where I met my friend BlueFox-cz
. Together, we travelled to ZOO Děčín, where we saw babies of Máa and Tomáek, two foxes we know very well (BlueFox-cz
was the one who took Tomáek to the ZOO in his car. And our friends were those who saved and rised Máa). Kits were cute, but already quite big. We spent few hours in the ZOO, watching baby wild cats, funny squirrels, a running wolf and of course, the foxes.
Then we moved to one wild-preserve. Our friends were given a baby fox!
Myslivci... Well, who are "myslivci"? There is no English tranlastion for this Czech word. Myslivci are Czech hunters, but in fact, they are supposed to CARE for the forest and all the animals. But in the Czech republic, they mostyl have a bad reputation - not because they kill and eat deers and so. They have bad reputation, because they kill also endangered species, which are in fact PROTECTED BY LAW! They also use illegal ways to kill those animals. So the Czech republic has few lynxes, few wolves, few eagles and it pays money to REINTRODUCE those animals back to the wild. But those "myslivci" are known to kill those animals (hnutiduha.cz/index.php?id=144)
, saying that they have no place in Czech nature. They simply destroy their competition - they kill predators, which pray on does, pheasants and rabbits, as they want to shoot and eat those animals themselves. They are blamed for shooting and also poisoning (using poison or traps to kill wild animals is totally illegal in the Czech republic!!!!) birds of pray including protected eagles and so..... (ekolist.cz/cz/zpravodajstvi/co… Important: I do NOT blame all the hunters in general. I respect people who hunt for food, I also respect some population control. But if part of Czech myslivci kills animals, which are protected by law in my country, it is clearly wrong. Not only morally, but also LEGALLY. So only ignorrants with weird mind would flame me for informing about it. As a person with university education, I can not afford the luxury of having only black/white opinion. So again - I do respect even population control hunting. It makes sad, but I think it might be helpful for animals themselves. There is no reason to flame me.
Ok. Back to the fox story.
Those myslivci used dogs to hunt a fox family. They propably killed them all, but they offered one baby to my friends, who are known to love foxes and who take care of foxes. To be precise, they brought scared baby fox to them, saying ,,will you take her, or should I hit a ground with her, stuffing her for a museum?" So my friends took the baby, who is only some 7 weeks old. They got the fox only four days ago!
Kit was named "Terezka." After me
What a honor!
Life of the baby fox changed dramatically. Life of the wild animal ended - she was brought to the hands of humans. Kit was injured, but not seriously. Terezka was scared at first - but during the first night, she started to eat. People who care for her now, have already rised several baby foxes - for example Máa, who now lives in ZOO Děčín. They also saved two silver foxes from a fur farm - you know those foxes from my photos. Not only they are experienced, they also spend almost all their money to care for their foxes!
it is almost incredible.
Terezka is getting used to people - she is calmer now and also very nice. You would never say she was totally wild animal only some FOUR DAYS ago! She allowes people to hold her, to hug her and to pet her. She does not even try to bite you! I was allowed to stroke her fur and also to hold her
she is so awesome and tiny!
She will live in a cage together with silver foxes Tlapka and Čertice, whose exhibit should be much bigger in few days, as the reconstruction is already planned and partly-paid. But Terezka is too small and young to join them now - she only interracts with silver foxes through the fence to know them better.
She is also getting used to leash and to people. It seems that she is accepting her new life.
Yesterday, we visited a vet with Terezka - she was given a medicine and a vaccination, so no worries, she has really good and OFFICIAL care, it is no ,,hurray" action
Fate of Terezka will be probably different from life of silver foxes. If my folks manage to save her and rise her, Terezka will probably become a contact animal. She will be allowed to leave the cage to walk on leash and she will meet people
I think it might be interesting life for her and she will show people, that foxes are amazing animals!
And now meet Terezka!