GARDONNE — A French family have won the right to keep their pet fox, Zouzou. Under French law foxes are considered wild animals and, therefore, cannot be kept as domestic pets.
After a nearly three year legal battle, a court last month gave Zouzou the right to remain in the Delanes family care for the rest of his life.
After they found him alongside the corpse of his mother in 2011, the family decided to keep him. “He’s very cuddly,” said Anne-Paul Delanes, “even more than a dog. When he sees us he rolls on the ground and cries in sheer joy!”
The National Office of Hunting and Wild Fauna discovered Zouzou’s presence and ordered the family to release it into the wild. A lawsuit was filed against the Delanes family and they were ordered to pay a fine of 300 euros, reported Le Parisien.
But ultimately, after two appeals, they obtained the Certificate of Capacity — essential to keep a wild animal.
Photo by the Delanes Family via 20minutes.