Tundra arrived at Catty Shack Ranch on May 16, 2019. She was obviously a private pet and was found on an island near St. Augustine. Like all our animals, the Ranch is now her forever home. She was thought to be about 3 years old upon arrival. Not being a feline, Tundra is one of our “honorary cats.”
After spending a period of time in quarantine and undergoing a veterinary examination, Tundra has joined our other foxes in the exhibit area. Here she is able to burrow and dig (the enclosure has mesh underneath!), dart through tunnels and run freely. All this exercise is followed by quiet rest under her palmetto bush or in her cozy den. Once refreshed, her activity begins again. A young active fox is a happy fox!
We chose her name “Tundra” to reflect her heritage. Arctic foxes are native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They spend their summers in the tundra at the edge of forest. In winter they live on ice floes or area covered in snow where their white fur camouflages them well. Tundra is a stunning animal with thick white fur highlighted with a grayish black mask and ears. She sports a dark stripe at the base of her tail.
Tundra’s prior life as a pet is very evident. When she arrived, the fur around her neck showed she had worn a collar. She loves human attention, awaiting her caregivers’ arrival and watching them leave to tend to other animals. She allows herself to be handled for examination or to be transported in a pet carrier. As charming as she is, she too can help educate our visitors about why foxes do not make good pets.
We are grateful to be able to provide a safe, loving forever home to Tundra and all our animals. Tundra enjoys a healthy diet of raw meat, portions appropriate to her age, size and nutritional needs. All our animals receive regular veterinary care and are very much loved.