After rescuing an ill fox from the side of the road, a man became closest friends with the animal.
Cropper, the red fox, was rescued by The Fox Project in Turnbridge Wells, England. He could not be released into the wild since he was severely injured and infected with toxoplasmosis. There were only two options for him: euthanasia or finding him a home.
Cropper was saved by the rescue team, and Mike Trowler adopted him. Mike, a retired engineer, is enamored with fox behavior and spends a lot of time with them.
He takes in orphaned fox cubs and raises them until they can be released back into the wild, in addition to nursing injured foxes back to health.
Mike gently nursed Cropper back to health after he brought him in. Cropper loved to eat from the dog’s dish and cuddle with the cats, and he really enjoyed spending time with Mike. Mike would roll him over and give him belly rubs when the two went for walks together. The narrative of the two’s adoring friendship is told in this video.
Cropper died in 2007 after six joyful years with Mike. However, Mike has taken in another fox, Jack, who has been suffering from identical diseases. Jack enjoys watching TV with Mike and will even take a bath in the sink, albeit grudgingly.
Foxes should not be kept as pets, and the only reason Cropper and Jack could not be released back into the wild is because of their health problems. Mike warns that saving foxes needs a lot of patience, empathy, and knowledge of fox behavior.
The Fox Project is a Wildlife Information Bureau and Fox Deterrence Consultancy based in the United Kingdom, which was founded in 1991. In 1993, they added a Wildlife Hospital. Every year, they admit and treat about 700 foxes and 250 cubs.