Keeping a pet at home is one of the most delightful experiences we enjoy as human beings.
When you have a pet, you are always safe in the knowledge that there is a creature out there that will always love you unconditionally no matter what the case may be.
But pets also crave attention, they want to be played with and pampered, even unusual pets such as a fennec fox craves attention and wants to be played with.
At least that was what would have been on the mind of a fennec fox whose name has been discovered to be Felix.
Felix the fennec fox as the pet has affectionately come to be known by the media was videoed desperately and frantically trying to get its owner’s attention for a little R&R.
The somewhat hilarious and adorable video showed Felix the fennec fox sprinting around his owner at top speeds as she sat on a sofa reading at their Tennesse home.
Even more humorous was the fact that the owner of the pet who seemed to be very used to Felix’s ways was unmoved by Fox’s antics and didn’t even bat an eyelid.
The nimble animal was trying to get his owner’s attention because he wanted her to play with him and was running around at superhuman speed to at least get her to put her book ‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens down.
Sadly for Felix the fennec fox he fails to attract her attention.
A highly unusual choice of pet, the fennec fox is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Arabian desert.
Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears and they are usually furry, small and can move at incredible speeds as proved by Felix.
The footage shows Felix’s owner sitting on a sofa with a blanket draped over her legs as she reads Hard Times by Charles Dickens.
She must have been reading a particularly riveting passage as she completely ignored the nimble and extremely distracting fox zooming around her.
After Felix gets bored and runs away, his owner looks at the camera and laughs, suggesting that she is well used to the fox’s ways.
The nimble fox was caught on camera looping around, underneath and over the pages of his owner’s book but she doesn’t even blink at his astonishing display of speed.
Felix seems used to not getting his own way and runs off when he realizes that she isn’t going to play with him.
Fennec foxes are very unpopular as a choice of pets even among their species.
The tame Siberian pet fox (also referred to as the Russian domesticated red fox) is somewhat of a genetic freak to the wild fox world but it is the first domesticated type of fox hence a more popular choice of pet.
The domesticated red fox is not the easiest pet to acquire but for some people, the effort and price tag may be worth it.
The video of Felix the Fennec fox which has been making the rounds on the internet has divided opinions among users debating the legality of keeping a wild animal as a pet.
One of such users commented,
‘Why is it still legal in America to keep wild animals as pets? So selfish and cruel’.
While another replied the comment with one that read,
‘Might sound shocking to you but there are people in this country with wild animals and you can apply for a wild animal license and have all sorts, snakes, alligators etc’