Man Rescues Fox & Becomes Its Best Friend

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An oldie, but worth sharing:  Back in 2007, a man named Mike Towler rescued a fox that had been badly attacked and was suffering from toxoplasmosis.  He named the little guy Cropper, adopted him and became best friends with him.

Cropper had been attack by a dog and was left to battle toxoplasmosis on his own.  Out in the wild, he would have died.  Mike took him in and got him proper medical care.  He nursed Cropper back to health, but because of his injuries, he could not survive on his own.

Mike Towler with rescued red fox in garden. Kent, UK, May 2009.

Because dogs and foxes are related, it should come as no surprise that living like a dog was heaven for Cropper.  He’d go on (leashed) walks, eat out of dog bowls, and even give belly!  He loved snuggling up with the kitties, but mostly he liked to hang around with Mike.

It is rumored that Cropper has since crossed the rainbow bridge, but Mike continues to take in orphaned fox cubs and raise them until they can be released back into the wild.  Some move on and establish their own territories, but some stick around for dinner each night.

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0 thoughts on “Man Rescues Fox & Becomes Its Best Friend”

  1. This makes for a wonderful story. But I have a dear friend who’s uncle raised a bobcat cub and their family became quite attached to the animal. As it aged it became far less social and tame and they were forced to release it into the wild. The lesson learned here is that wild animals are best left wild as is their nature. Mother Nature was managing quite nicely long before mankind even existed.

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  2. One of the remarks in this comments list mentioned someone who owned a bobcat, but, sadly, had to release it as it aged. Well, a bobcat can NOT be compared to a fox. A bobcat is a big cat, and big cats are known for being dangerous. I have never heard of a fox harming a human, nor stalking human prey. Totally silly thing to say.

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  3. Every time I’m ready to give up on the human race and consign myself to the idea man is hopeless, along comes someone like this, and I’m reminded that there are still a lot of good people left out there.

    I hope this guy has nothing but good things in store for the rest of his life.

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    • A REALLY GOOD DEED FROM A REALLY GOOD MAN! BEING KIND TO ANIMALS OR MAN SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT CHARACTER DESPITE THE FACT BOTH COULD BITE YOU AT ANYTIME.. NOT ALL DO

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  4. And to think in England they make a sport of chasing down and killing these beautiful animals. Fox hunting is sadistic and disgusting.

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    • Wow…thanks there… I’m from England….. We’re not all stuck up posh people drinking tea in our mansions and going out on hunting trips every day on our ponies with our hunting dogs. Oh, and by the way, it is illegal to be found hunting foxes in the UK. Read up on your facts before condemning an entire nation.

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