Fig was born on a fur farm in the United States – but unlike the millions of animals who are tortured for their skins, his story has a happy ending.
The fur farmer surrendered Fig because he developed a bacterial infection that caused him to lose his left foot, most of his toes on his other feet, and his sight. These deformities as a result of the bacterial infection meant that the farmer would not be able to profit off of his skin.
Fig’s carers were told that he would either need a prosthetic or for his leg to be amputated. This was because he is missing his foot and his wrist couldn’t support his weight and would lead to more problems. Further tests found that he wouldn’t need the prosthetic all the time, just when he was on walks or outdoors!
His carers say that he has grown into the sweetest animal in the family. “He never ceases to surprise me with how loving and kind he is to not only myself, but all of the other animals that live with us. He is often the first one to befriend any of our foster animals and greats everyone with a happy smile.”
Fig’s friend Finch also came from a fur farm. Instead of being used for his coat, he spent five to six years in a small wire bottom cage for breeding. When he was no longer in his productive years the fur farmer decided to release him to a rescue group instead of killing him.
Despite his years in a confined prison cell, Finch transformed into an extremely sweet, gentle, and calm fox. His carers say he is the “perfect ambassador for foxes as he greets everyone with the same respectful and sweet demeanor.”
Fig and Finch live in a home full of rescued exotics, including three other foxes, two sugar gliders, and an opossum, as well as Moose, a rescue Australian shepherd malamute mix. All of the animals cannot be released into the wild because of their genetic differences, but live happy, full lives with their loving adoptive family and their doggo brothers.