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June 10, 2011


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Meet Terezka, baby fox with heartbreaking story

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 10, 2011, 1:48 PM


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 Máša and Tomášek, two foxes we know very well (BlueFox-cz was the one who took Tomášek to the ZOO in his car. And our friends were those who saved and rised Máša). 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 (, 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..... (… :(

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 :blushes:
What a honor! :aww:

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 Máša, 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! :faint: 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 :oops: 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 :nod: I think it might be interesting life for her and she will show people, that foxes are amazing animals!

And now meet Terezka! :heart:

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DarkFoxOkajima Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Best of luck to that little angel! Here's cheering for her!
Hollowcyclone Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
trappers are also rather inhumane with their methods most are not all of course. Some know to use a bullet to the head to dispatch an animal this does not lower pelt value but some idiots feel that it does and will suffocate the animal, drown, put pressure on the neck with those weird snare things and step down on the chest it's really just inhumane in general. Anyways now time to hit the hunters with some downsides as well people who do sport hugging just bug me nothing wrong with it as long as they don't waste the meat or bones(the bones can be used to make primitive tools :) ) anyways like trappers some hunters are inhumane they can be on purpose or just from inexperienced like a responsible ethical and moral hunter(I took all those words from my hunting safety guide's study guide XD) they are suppose to wait for a clean and ethical kill by aiming for the hearts and lungs and waiting for there to be no chance of the animal being harmed more than nessecsary. Bow hunters who get really close to their targets i've seen a deer jump as it got hit by an arrow but then immediatley calmed down and walked around until falling unconcious and dying. Bullets kill by trauma and it may drop the animal to me but to me it doesn't really seem like a gun gives the animal a fair chance(A reason I tried using against my dad so I can go the bow hunting safety course over here in U.s.a they make you go through another safety course if you want to go bow hunting but my dad doesn't want to let me he's a gun guy and he alway brings up the same points: A wounded deer can run five miles, and it's inhumane to bow hunt.) because with a bow you are closer to the animal and they can see your movements and take off running. Sorry about this mini rants. XD :( 
yeyra Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Nejsem si jistá, jestli jsem se svojí bídnou angličtinou rozuměla všemu správně, ale k tomu, čí jsem si jistá: Pokud bude/je Terezka schopná lidem ukázat, že lišky jsou úžasné šelmy, které do naší přírody patří, udělá obrovskou službu všem svým kolegyním, které zůstávají divoké.
Widdershins-Works Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Wonder how is she doing now!
Been some years, would be great to see her how big she is how big she grew by any chance?

And could they keep her as contact fox or so?
ThornHeartZero Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome story :)

I'm so glad Terezka is safe and sound. <3
Kaltiaem Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ugh all these people saying they want a pet fox. I honestly hope they don't get one unless they research it properly. So many people just buy random exotic animals that they want thinking, "oh it'll be the same as any old pet". They are SO wrong. Foxes are so much work!
But hey, she's a real cutie! I hope you'll be able to see her again soon, I'd love to see how much she's grown ^^
igloo9201 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist

I would like a fennec fox someday, but only after doing as much research as possible would I ever buy one.
KampferXeon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
It's different if the animal is rescued instead of bred, though.
Kaltiaem Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh... no? It really isn't. Not at all. It doesn't matter where a fox comes from, they're still hard to take care of.
KampferXeon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I don't see how it's not different. There are plenty of animals out there that need rescuing, such as this fox. I wasn't saying it made them easier to take care of, I'm saying that it's better to rescue them than to just go out and buy one because you want an exotic pet.
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