ALBION — Koda R. Fox (2010-2023) of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary was humanely euthanized Monday, Feb. 13.
In the past year, Koda had been treated with diuretics for her heart and pain medication for arthritis. More recently, she was observed with a notable slowdown in activity levels. In past weeks, her appetite had waned as well. When it comes to quality-of-life decisions, Black Pine’s keeper team works closely with their veterinarian to make the best possible decision for their residents.
Koda lived the first eight years of her life with a private owner as an exotic pet. Her owner loved and cared for her but was unable to take Koda with her when she was forced to move. No landlords would allow a fox to live in the homes, understandably, as they can be quite destructive and can carry diseases. Their musky scent is also quite malodorous.
The life expectancy of a red fox in the wild is three to six years. In captivity, it is 12-15 years. Despite their availability in the exotic pet trade, foxes do not make good pets.
“It was our distinct privilege to care for Koda. Her beauty and personality will be sorely missed. Her remains will be interred in the Memorial Garden at Black Pine,” said Executive Director Trish Nichols.
*The delay of the announcement was due to allowing staff and volunteers to learn of the news privately first.