“I never intended to keep foxes as pets. “It just happened”.
Patsy Gibbons was unquestionably an animal lover. He had a large flock of 28 hens and 12 ducks, as well as two dogs and two cats in his home. With all of his chickens and ducks, it didn’t seem right to get a pet fox, let alone three of them.
However, this man from County Kilkenny, Ireland, is not your average person. Grainne, Minnie, and Henry, three fluffy cute sidekicks, accompany him.
Grainne was a female fox who was 7 years old. She was the oldest of the three and was discovered in a storehouse near Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown by Gibbons’ brother-in-law. Grainne trembled in the cold inside a box; she had been abandoned there when she was only a few weeks old, weak and thin. Gibbons took her to the vet and has been caring for her ever since.
As word spread, people realized Gibbons was caring for a fox, Minnie, and then Henry, who was brought to him. Minnie, a five-year-old female fox, was a month-old pup when she was discovered by a woman in Kilmaganny. A man from the nearby town of Graiguenamanagh claimed to have found Henry after he was attacked by a dog.
Gibbons cared for these foxes like a father, and after they healed, they preferred to stay with him rather than return to the wild. Perhaps they wished to reward their savior.
In fact, the fox trio and their master became well-known among the neighborhood youngsters. They have even got invites from schools to visit their facilities so that the youngsters may experience them firsthand.