A stray fox that was found on Lantau Island eight months ago has settled down in Singapore after Hong Kong’s Ocean Park decided it could not offer an ideal home for the animal.
According to a message posted Tuesday on the Facebook page of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), a number of organizations had expressed interest in adopting the fox, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
But officials later agreed that Singapore Zoo was the most suitable place for the animal based on various considerations, including the environment where it would live, the zoo staff’s experience in taking care of foxes and veterinary support.
The fox left on March 13 and it had no problem in adapting to its new home, AFCD said.
The small and fluffy animal, measuring less than 2 feet in length, was found in a water diversion channel near the Lantau Trail by two hikers on July 14 before it was sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which then transferred it to the Ocean Park for care and quarantine.
However, after a genetic test conducted by the Ocean Park identified the animal as a red fox, officials said that it could not reside there not only because it did not conform with the park’s animal acquisition policy but also because making it live with the Arctic fox or other animals in the park was not a suitable arrangement.
Still, the AFCD thanked the SPCA and the Ocean Park for taking care of the fox before its new home was found.
The department also revealed there are plans in Singapore to make the fox a sort of ambassador of goodwill to highlight the need to curb the illegal trade of exotic animals.
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