Eve Hansen (12-14)
If I could have any animal in the world for my pet, I would choose the Fennec Fox. I am drawn to these tiny creatures for a number of reasons, one of which, is that they are incredibly and indescribably cute. They have very petite body types, elegant fluffy tails, and big eyes and ears. These tiny critters hold the title of the world’s smallest fox; they weigh around 1.5 – 3.5 pounds. Surprisingly, unlike most foxes, the Fennec Fox is a very social animal; they live in big groups in the wild, and when they choose a mate, it becomes their life-long partner. Another interesting fact about these social little guys, is that they can bond and coexist with other pets, such as cats and dogs. I love cats, and have two feline friends that are very special to me, so knowing that a Fennec Fox and my cats could be friends would be so sweet! I live in a region that is perfect for Fennec Foxes, because they are designed to live in desert climates with sagebrush and desert scrubs… exactly like my hometown! Since the climate I live in is so Fennec-Fox-friendly, it would be safe for my foxy friend to spend time outdoors. I would put a dog run type enclosure in my back yard for my fox to get its exercise in everyday, and for the rest of the time, it could be inside with me! Fennec Foxes are pretty omnivorous, and eat all sorts of foods, from fruits and veggies, to meat and eggs. Depending on their diet, a Fennec Fox can go long periods without water, but I would keep a filled water dish around just to be safe. Fennec Foxes can also be litter trained, and can be taken for walks on a leash. I think it would be so cool to get to have a Fennec Fox to take on walks, play with, and have around as a fluffy companion!