A pet fox abandoned by its owners finally has a forever home

Long story short: Don't get a pet fox.
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A fox that had been bought as a pet, only to be surrendered to an animal shelter, finally has a permanent home.

Silver – as the fox is called – has moved to a wildlife sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary says he even has another silver fox to play with named Lena.

Silver hasn't experienced winter before, show he's just getting used to the snow. Check out this video of him playing in it:

Silver, our newest addition to our permanent residents here at Aspen, and playmate to Lena, our longtime resident Silver Fox, is getting accustomed to his new enclosure here. This will be his first snow encounter, as he is still a youngster, and he is taking to it like an old pro. Here he is mousing, and having a successful hunt at that.

Posted by Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation in Duluth posted to Facebook over the summer that – from what they were able to piece together – a man bought the fox from a fur farm to have as a pet. Since the animal was not taken out of the wild, this is perfectly legal.

Eventually, the man sold him to some women. But they soon realized they couldn't take care of the fox either. They dropped the animal off at a shelter, and Wildwoods ended up with him for a while.

The fox couldn't be released into the wild because he had been around people and probably wouldn't survive.

Foxes don't make good pets

Both animal rescue centers say the same thing: Don't keep a fox as a pet.

They dig, can be aggressive, aren't easily house trained, and simply aren't meant to be pets.

Over the summer, Wildwoods wrote, "To us, the choice of an 'exotic' pet like a tiger, monkey, fox, etc. seems an act of pure ego and selfishness, in addition to being totally unfair to the animal."

Probably just stick to dogs, cats, etc.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says more than 7 million animals are taken into U.S. shelters every year. So you shouldn't have a problem finding a good pet.

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