Rylai is an adorable white-furred red fox that has taken the Internet by storm. We previously wrote about Rylai here, back when she was still the sleepiest baby fox ever. Now that she’s getting older she’s starting to snooze less often and get into a little more mischief.
Here was Rylai the Snow-White fox only a couple months ago:
Now, Rylai is now just over 2 months old, and boy, oh boy has she started to grow!
Rylai’s best pals are the two dogs she lives with
Her owner writes, “I’ve wanted a pet fox for several years. After a lot of research and waiting, I felt that my home and schedule were ready.”
This Snow-White fox might be downright adorable but she’s a lot of work! Her owner admits, “Rylai is much more stubborn [than a] cat or a dog in every aspect.”
Her motivation is unstoppable, “When she wants something, it is much more difficult to deter her.” Not to mention, you can’t leave her unsupervised for very long periods of time.
“I don’t leave for long dinners, movies, or anything that takes over 2 hours and even that is a stretch.”
Rylai is not albino but instead “Her stunning coat color is the result of over 100 years of domestic breeding.” You won’t find her coat color out in the wild, as it only exists in captive bred foxes.
Foxes out in the wild don’t want to be all white as it would be counterproductive to their survival. “It makes her easy prey for predators and also makes hunting for food near impossible.”
“Rylai is still learning how to walk on a lead with a harness but pet foxes in general can be taught to walk on lead.”
It’s not all fun and games to own a fox, which is why Rylai’s owner is on a mission to spread awareness about owning exotic pets. She says, “I have past experience with exotic animals and significant dog training experience.”
“I am in full support of adopting a pet from a shelter. That being said, responsible breeders (of any animal, exotic or not) and responsible pet owners are NOT the problem. The real problem is mill/commercial breeding, backyard breeding, and irresponsible pet owners.”