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Jack Henry

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I surprised Jack while he was taking a nap... in my bed. He has gotten quite comfortable being around the cats and dogs, in fact, Wilson is his best friend. He has more than doubled in size since I found him frightened, cold and muddy and he is doing great.

His body is now 15" nose to butt, while his tail is now longer than his body was when I found him at 8" in length.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:49 PM by Mysticfox
I'm so glad to here that Jack Henry is doing
well.
I don't know if you figured it out yet from all of my threads
that deal with animals, but I am a huge animal lover. My entire
life revolves around animals.
I don't know if Sarge has told you but I take in hurt animals from
the local citizens around here and nurse them back to health(if I can)
and then always release them back into the wild.
With your case that is not possible, He was way to young when you got him
and now he has learned to many domesticated ways to ever be put into the
wild. But I'm thinking you already knew that.
If it was me I probably would have adopted him also. I'm mean all my goodness
look how adorable he is, and in case you haven't noticed I love foxes. I mean
my username Tell's you that. But I love all foxes, they are so smart and cunning and they are little trickster also.
I commend you on raising him, it seems like you are doing an absolutely phenomenal job. Good luck with the little guy. One thing I wanted to warn you about with those little guys is I hope you have him vaccinated for Parvo, for some reason those little guy are really susceptible to get that virus. Other than that good luck to you and Jack Henry. (which is a really cute name for him. His picture is so adorable and he is beautiful.

Good Luck!

Mysticfox!
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weezie
Saturday, May 22, 2010 6:34 PM by
Thanks for the update including the pic. He's so sweet! What do you feed him. Since his normal diet is raw, live? meat? Is he eating cat or dog food? That would be the easiest way to go but not the natural way. Do you think given his wild nature that he might get wild as he gets older? Becoming a danger to you and you family and animals? I have heard you can't really take the wild out of a wild animal totally.
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Jack
Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:44 PM by intangible
Jack Henry eats, or at least tries to eat, just about everything he sees me eat. He likes cat food and dog food most of the time though.

Jack will, most likely, get more "wild" when he matures sexually but I don't think he will be any danger to us. At the moment he plays with the cats and dogs, I hope it will stay that way but only time will tell.

Ideally I would have raised Jack with a very minimal contact so that he could return to the wild. I just don't see how he can be safe if I let him loose now... he is too trusting of humans to fear them. Hunting is VERY popular around here but I was surprised and delighted to learn my neighbors, avid hunters, have apparently found Jack Henry's brother Todd and they are raising him.
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Jack's parents
Thursday, May 27, 2010 4:58 PM by intangible
I believe both of Jack's parents survive. Two or three days ago I saw an adult red fox run across the upper field. It was very bright in color with no signs of gray.

This morning at 6:00 AM, my two remaining roosters started a racket so I went to see what was bothering them. On the way to the door, looking out my living room window was an adult fox about 25 feet from my porch. When I went out, I thought the fox had run off. Instead I met the fox face to face when she looked out from around the other side of my mower trailer less than 10 feet away... I'm not sure which one of us was more surprised. This fox had a lot of gray mixed in with the red so it isn't the same fox I saw a couple days ago. Given the small area, it is unlikely that two adult foxes would live so close together unless they are mated.

This is good news as well as bad. It is nice to know the wild life is so abundant and Jack's parents are okay, but I'm not so sure its a good thing for a chicken farmer to have a pair of bold foxes running around.
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Jack Henry
Sunday, June 13, 2010 9:15 PM by Intangible
Well Jack Henry is doing great. He now measures 20 inches from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail... his tail adds almost 13 inches! One of these days I'm going to weigh him but I haven't done that so far and I can only guess he is about 5 or 6 pounds.

I haven't been back over to visit Todd, but I think I will in the next few days. My big cat, Ralph, hates Jack but my little cat, Charlie, likes to play with him some. Lucy still tolorates him and Wilson and Jack are best friends.
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