Paddy Gibbons of County Kilkenny, Ireland is the real Mr. Fox. After finding two baby foxes abandoned and on the verge of death, Paddy brought them home and nursed them back to health. Within a few months the two pups were big and strong enough to enter back into the wild, but it seems they had different plans.
The two foxes, Minnie and Grainne decided they didn’t want anything more than to stay by their rescuers’ side. They have become Paddy’s pet foxes and they spend their days, following Paddy around the farm.
As you can imagine, the sight of two foxes riding in the arms or on the shoulders of a farmer, is quite the local attraction. Many passers’ by stop to pet the foxes and ask what it’s like to live with wild animals. They are also often invited to visit local schools so that the children are able to see the animals up-close. The news of this unique relationship stretches far and wide, “I now have people from all over the country and indeed the UK asking me for advice on looking after foxes,” Gibbons explained in an interview with The Irish Examiner. “I’m no expert and I’m still learning from them day-by-day (but) I’m happy to advise as a lay person.”