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Facebook Foxes: Social Site Spots Critters on Campus, Creates FB Fox Page

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 06:25 PM

By Hillary Mayell

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Facebook is getting foxy. An employee for the social media site spotted a fox at its Menlo Park, Calif., campus and created a page for the animal where the mama fox "updates" her followers and has nearly 14,000 likes.

The FB Fox page, created by Alexis Smith, a Facebook marketing employee, is not just full of adorable pictures: Firefox, as she's known, is leaving messages for her fan following. In one of her more recent posts on May 24, she lets us all know her travel plans.

“Once my kits are big enough to hunt for their own food, we’ll head back out to the open space next door.”

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Firefox and her babies are most often seen hanging out in the Zen garden at the Bay Area Facebook campus, and can even be seen on video. She and her male mate apparently made a den under a deck between two buildings next to the garden.

The tiny fox joined the multitudes of Facebook users on April 23 this year. And among her 14,000 Facebook fans? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The page is positively laden with adorable pictures of both she and her kits. The kits were apparently born sometime in April.

Facebook, the social media giant, has contacted local wildlife service experts to educate employees on fox family etiquette — no chasing, no teasing.

Red foxes have successfully colonized urban areas in Australian, European, Japanese, and North American cities. While Firefox and her family are starring in their own virtual popularity show in California, foxes in London are fighting an uphill battle against lethal control “Do It Yourselfers” who just want to rid the urban landscape of the pesky critters. Fox populations are generally higher in urban areas than rural areas.

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