Sad news today in the online fox world, with the passing of Miko the fox. Anyone that’s been following for some time knows about my past issues with Anda, but no one ever deserves to have their pet taken from them in the manner that she has, and no animal deserves the ending that Miko had. He was truly a one of a kind fox and has certainly formed a place in a lot of people’s hearts.
They’re both in my thoughts today as I hold Koda tight in my arms. He joins Vader in the big fox heaven in the sky, where they’re not hated on for being exotic or unusual, and where they can pee on everything they love.
Rest in Peace, big fella.
What it’s like living with a mouthy chihuahua and a fox with no manners!
And before anyone says Athena is being “violent”, please take a close look and see that she wags her tail and goes into the “bowing” position to invite Vader to play!
With Tara’s (maythefoxbewithyou/taratryptamine) permission - I have made this design available on RedBubble.com, here. You can get stickers, shirts, phone cases… all that. I didn’t want to just limit it to t-shirts, because I know the mark-up can be expensive.
Any money made from these t-shirts will be donated to a worthy cause that goes toward the protection and aid for exotic animals, as well as toward Tara and her husband. Whatever she decides. Rest in peace, Vader. Your memory will always live on.
(If you know of any better websites to sell on, please let me know! I want this to be as accessible as possible!)
This is a pet domestic fox who has been shockingly taken away due to a false allegation. He was the euthanised without just cause. This animal has never shown signs of agression, and deserves justice. http://maythefoxbewithyou.tumblr.com/
To: Board of Animal Health Department of Health Police Department
We would like the justice for the unlawful euthanization of Vader the pet exotic fox to his owner Tara. You can see from her blog that he is nothing but a sweet, kind animal with no aggressive tendencies, and the accusations are false. He deserved to be returned to his owner. http://maythefoxbewithyou.tumblr.com/ Stand up and take notice, give her the answers, whilst you can never replace the beloved animal you have killed you can make it right and prevent it from occurring every again!
Some awesome person has already made a petition. Let’s get justice for Vader and Tara and Eric.
A bit of my artful side, gift for the ever awesome Vader! Made the way it even could be used for shirt print if Vader´s mom would want (I remember she was looking for shirt of foxes on fb). Note; I by default using my art tumblr address for signature.
So Tara, he it is that lil surprise I mentioned you a while ago, hope you like and captures Vader well! :)
Minot PD claims that the bite marks pierced the gloves the officer was wearing, but as someone who has handled a fox with mere welder’s gloves, I fail to see how he bit through the gloves. Not only that, but the officer was way out of line. There was no proof to the bite other than a picture submitted which could have been easily ripped off google, yet the police department acted on it without question. As far as the zoning violations, Tara was told by the mayor of Minot that it would be fine to own Vader so long as she kept him on the property, which she complied with. Tara stood up for the welfare of animals on the blogging site tumblr, but received overzealous, anonymous hatred for it that resulted in her personal pet being destroyed. Vader was a ranch fox, classified as a category 1 non-traditional livestock by North Dakota and are considered “generally domestic” - the same as common pets as ferrets and chinchillas, yet you do not see law enforcement or the Minot PD forcing their way into the homes of people who have chinchillas every time it bites (which chinchillas have been documented to contract rabies and are seldom vaccinated).
Tara purchased Vader from a USDA licensed breeder who provides an interstate certificate of health required to cross state lines in the United States.
Even if there had been zoning violations in place, Minot PD had no right to force themselves into a home based on an anonymously sent picture without any amount of fact-checking done. Vader was a wonderful example of a ranched fox, who wagged his tail and greeted the officer at the door who grabbed him by the neck despite being instructed, repeatedly, by those caring for him, not to. During the short time Vader was in custody of Animal Control, he was reported to wag his tail at the staff.
Vader’s death was the result of gross misuse of authority to violate the privacy and autonomy of a couple who privately owned a well-behaved animal that seldom left the property. Vader was an innocent animal who posed absolutely no risk to anyone, yet was killed, and law enforcement simply shrugs their shoulders and minimizes their errors in this matter as being excusable because of an anonymous picture that was never followed up on and a zoning violation.
I wanted to draw Vader, but couldn’t bring myself to make something positive and drew my silver fox OC, Nimble, instead.
A beautiful, beloved pet was taken away by the selfishness of a coward and the incompetence of a police force. My heart goes out to Vader’s parents. I can’t imagine the amount of pain you two are dealing with. I know nothing will bring back your beloved Vader, but I hope that he receives justice at the very least.
At best, I hope the person who caused Vader’s murder with their false report will hold this on their conscience for the rest of their life. At worst, I hope they’re hit by a truck and left to bleed out under a pile of crushed metal and tires.