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You may remember the story of Peewee, the tiny fox pup that was very tame and had crooked bones. It was very tempting to keep this little guy. But the right thing to do was to give him a chance to be a wild fox. Our goal was to fix his health woes, achieve some good strong bone growth and encourage him to want to spend time with foxes, not humans. We enlisted the help “ Trixi”, our 14 year old “mother fox”. She took right over and immediately discouraged Peewee from greeting humans. She did this by issuing a warning bark whenever he greeted me with his usual “Love me! Pick me up ! Aren’t I cute?” fashion. He was torn- he instinctively knew what the bark meant, but he loved humans so much. I did my part and ignored his antics and went about my business of feeding him nutritious food. As summer progressed, Peewee, who had been a fraction of the other pups size started to grow and actually surpassed the other pups in size! He no longer preferred the presence of humans and wanted to be a wild and free fox. He was released with the others at a remote soft release location. Freedom is the greatest gift you can give a healthy wild animal.