So why on earth do I want a pet fox when I could easily get a cat or a dog? Let's start off with the scientific basis behind the psychology of animal-human relationships. To my understanding, when a human comes in contact with an animal, the brain releases a series of positive chemicals, these include, but aren't limited to oxytocin, the hormone responsible for bonding. Next we have endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant. In addition, studies have shown a reduction in blood pressure and normalization of heart rates, thus reaffirming that animals do indeed help people feel a sense of peace and euphoria. In summary, animals are beneficial to our mental well-beings and can also help us live longer. I've always had a fondness of the Canidae family ever since I was young, their behavior, their personalities, and their adorable appearance always held a special place in my mind and heart. Their intelligence also fascinates me, how they recognize commands, tones in our voices and be at our side whenever we have a bad day. They almost act as though they can read our minds and know how to snap us out of our bouts of sadness or anger, they're there for us. The love canids show for us is incontrovertibly profound. This leads ms to my favorite animal, the red fox, a creature very unique and far-too-often misunderstood. My love for foxes actually began a couple of years ago when I first heard of people domesticating them in Russia/Siberia and so, I typed it in and the first video of a pet fox was Ron Ron, of I'm sure many know that name, and his caring owner, Eric. I couldn't believe that foxes could be so domesticated, so affectionate and so bloody adorable. The noises he made, his facial expressions, and the way he just bounces off the walls; I loved foxes even more after that, and I kept watching countless videos about them. Perhaps the most difficult part of it all, money, location and hands-on experience. Right now I'm interning at a sanctuary as a volunteer and in that time, I've been able to work with exotics, especially Skitter the fox, and has allowed me to do something many people rarely get a chance to do. It's been a real wonderful experience. After some deep pondering, I have decided that getting a fox is something I truly desire despite knowing of the hardships and potential risks of doing so. There are many things that can go wrong while raising a fox kit, things can go from bad to worse, but that is no reason for me to be fearful and refuse to take a chance like that, Finding a place to live, a town where laws are more lax, preventing people from finding out and reporting it, the costs, the enclosure, etc are all things I take into consideration and all will be difficult to plan. I did, however, wish to express my gratitude for the overwhelmingly wonderful amount of support I have received thus far in making this decision. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it What say you, members of the Temp, about the prospect of owning such a fluffy animal? Just look at her, imagine, having a pet as cute as Skitter! Again, it will be a long time, but this is definitely a goal I'll be continuously working towards. Disclaimer: The whole foxes-not-being-a-good-pet argument? Here's my take on it, capturing a fox from the wild, bad idea. Buying a Russian fox or one from a breeder in the US, better. Disclaimer 2: Foxes are not illegal in Utah. Disclaimer 3: Foxes, while still retaining some instincts, rarely pose a threat to humans especially when raised in captivity. Disclaimer 4: There are no documented cases of foxes ever killing humans. If they have rabies, yes, but so can dogs. Their petite build cannot overpower a human.