Gemma Holdway, a 19-year-old student, lives on a farm with her family in Bath, Somerset, in the south-west of England. The father of this young woman discovered a litter of five newborn animals in one of the barns, little realizing that they would forever alter the lives of a little fox and her siblings.
The guy initially mistook it for kittens, but Gemma and her partner Dan Pearse, both science and animal management students, were able to determine that it was a litter of foxes that had been separated from his mother for unexplained reasons.
The young people decided to keep them warm by putting them in a box with straw, and they both felt a strong bond with one of the infants, who happened to be the smallest of the litter.
Fearing that the infants would perish without their mother, they were transported to a veterinary facility to be inspected before being released into the wild.
They discovered that the young fox was gravely ill and that her prospects of survival were bleak. The correct thing to do was to look after her until she recovered completely, and she was given the name Vixey.
Vixey has lived quietly with the four family pups called Luna, Raisin, Nidge, and Polar Bear since then, and she has been regarded as one of the pack by Gemma and her partner.
Vixey opened her eyes after five days in her house, and getting familiar with her surroundings put her in grave risk if she was returned to her environment, because identification with people meant she might not have acquired crucial survival instincts. survival.
“In her heart, Vixey is absolutely a dog.” I realize that she is still a wild animal with a strong sense of independence, but she grew up surrounded by pets and humans who treated her like one. If we release her into the wild, she might be gravely damaged, and the wild foxes would detect something strange in her and see her as prey to pursue.”
Vixey gets along well with all of the dogs, but she has a special affinity with Luna. They have been closest friends since the beginning, and they are frequently seen together.