Rare silver fox found in Cheshire garden


The impressive-looking animal was roaming in a garden in Dunnocksfold Road, Alsager, shocking the homeowner.

The unusual animal was brought to our animal centre


Thankfully one of our former inspectors who lived nearby had the equipment and the knowledge to safely catch the animal, who was then taken to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in nearby Nantwich.

Amanda Lovett, who worked for us before setting up Alsager-based cattery Mere Moggies Boarding, said:

I was alerted to a post on a local Facebook group and it would seem the fox had been in the garden for most of the day. This was on Saturday, one of the biggest nights for fireworks, and we knew we had to get the fox to safety.

I managed to safely catch the fox with a grasper and put him in a cat box before taking him to Stapeley Grange, who kindly stayed open later so he could be admitted.

He was very quiet and seemed tame.

The fox, which has no microchip, has been nicknamed Shadow by staff at Stapeley Grange. He's currently being looked after by staff there while his owners are traced.

Lee Stewart, manager of Stapeley Grange, said:

It's likely that Shadow has been kept as a pet and he's either escaped, in which case we need to find his owners, or he has been dumped by his owners.

He was checked over by our team of vets and was found to be in good health, just a little overweight. He's eating fine and seems to be doing well.

He's the first silver fox we've ever had here at Stapeley Grange, in nearly 25 years we've been open. He's an impressive-looking animal and it's been interesting to us all to have such a rare admission.

If no owner can be traced, Shadow will be looked to be rehomed with a specialist owner.

Exotic animals do not make suitable pets

Silver foxes are the same species as the red foxes we have living wild in the UK but with different colouration. Silver foxes are bred for their fur but are now sometimes kept as 'pets'. 

We always advise anyone thinking of getting a pet to fully research the animal's specific needs before making a decision. Exotic pets can live a long time, grow to a large size and need to be taken an exotics vet if they become ill, which can be expensive.

Foxes are wild animals with very specific needs no different to foxes living in the wild and they require specialist care. Even the most experienced fox experts have had difficulty keeping adult foxes successfully. Therefore, we never advise or condone keeping foxes as pets.

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