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December 1, 1998

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Bali, the Pet of the Day
Name: Bali
Age: Two and a half years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Fir Fox of Red Fox family
Home: Swanton, Ohio, USA
   Bali is special to me because she was born here to Sandi and Matzi, at two weeks she and her brother Bocchi were brought to the house, before their eyes were open and I hand raised them. Which meant getting up every three hours to feed them their milk. At night they slept in a cage until one night they decided that since the dogs and cats, whom they had become friends with, didn't have to get in a cage at night, they didn't either. They ran from me till I gave up. So from that point on, they slept in bed with me. My bed was quite crowded some nights, two foxes, two dogs and several cats all snuggled up together. No room for me though.

    Eventually Bali and her brother Bocchi had to go outside. Foxes can be very destructive. We built a special fox house, walk in with a shingled roof and inside two wooden sleeping quarters. They made the adjustment just fine. Bali had six babies (three girls and three boys) about ten months ago. She is a very good mother, too. When I go out to feed them, Bali loves to be held and hugged and kissed and she loves to sit on my shoulders when I sit down on their wooden houses to visit with them. And her most favorite thing in the world is belly rubs....All I have to do is say, "Bali, belly rubs?" and she comes running over and lays down on her back so I can give her belly rubs.

    She is very special to me because she is so loving, but her brother is also.... This picture is a close up of her shortly after she had her babies... She looks pretty tired... While she was resting. Bocchi was with the babies taking care of them for her... She is my sweetie pie.... Hope you enjoy her as much as I do.

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