Pudding was a tiny, orphaned fox cub in Yorkshire, England, unable to fend for herself, when she was rescued by the Homer's Heroes at the National Fox Welfare Society, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates injured foxes.
Almost all of their foxes are released back into the wild, but Pudding had a plan of her own.
Clearly, Pudding has charisma to spare. With lovely red fur and stunning yellow-hazel eyes, she can't take a bad picture!
When Pudding was first rescued by the National Fox Welfare Society (NFWS) as a cub, the plan was integrate her immediately with a litter of fox kits in the wild.
But Mother Nature, fate, and Pudding all had other plans.
Shortly before they were going to introduce her to the litter, a tree fell, blocking the entrance to the enclosure and closing it off to anything larger than a food dish.
The other foxes in the litter were just fine, but it took some time to get the tree chopped and moved away from the pen.
By the time the job was done, it was too late.
Pudding had already bonded with her human caretakers, who were hand-feeding her in the absence of a proper enclosure.
By the time they tried to integrate Pudding with her wild counterparts, Pudding had already decided that she was a people-fox—and that the humans (including their belts) belonged to her.
She was simply too tame to fit in with the other foxes, or to be released back into the wild.
So the folks at NFWS hit on a novel idea. Instead of trying to make Pudding into something she wasn't anymore, they would give her a new job.
Pudding became the official wildlife ambassador for the organization, where she remains a full-time resident.
These days, the photo-friendly fox has a busy schedule posing for snapshots, gracing mugs and T-shirts, and generally being a good-will ambassador for foxes everywhere.
The sweet fox is well-known for greeting her handlers with lots of yips and a happily wagging tail, just like a dog.
She loves her people, and is very playful and affectionate for an animal that is not, technically, domesticated.
Many thanks and much love to Pudding, helping the cause of animals everywhere!
(h/t: Little Things)
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