The person who found Fergie wasn't sure what kind of animal what she was, but nonetheless took her to a local veterinarian, Rachel Parker, founder of Greener Pastures Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue, told The Dodo. A friend of Parker's ended up taking Fergie home and hand-raising the young fox herself, but in the end, didn't have enough space to keep her permanently.
"Considered a 'pest' animal in Australia, it was virtually impossible to find somewhere for Fergie to live out her days," Parker said, noting that foxes are invasive in Australia and threaten local wildlife. "After seeking permission [from our local shire ranger] to keep her, we were able to build a big enclosure for her and give her a home."
Since Fergie was the only fox at the sanctuary, Parker said, she began to grow worried that she would be lonely without the company of a close friend - and that's when she decided to introduce Faith, a rescue dog, to the 7-month-old fox.