Faribault Wildlife Sanctuary Introduces “Yoga with Foxes”

Updated: Jul. 10, 2019 at 5:25 PM CDT
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FARIBAULT, Minn. (KEYC) - A fox wildlife sanctuary in Faribault is holding their first-ever “Yoga with Foxes” event to better socialize the animals with humans.

Saveafox Rescue is located on 3995 Millersburg Blvd, where several species of fox reside.

Founder of the rescue Mikayla Raines said the site means so much to her.

“My foxes are my life," said Raines. "I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”

The rescue houses captive foxes that either come in from fur farms, or as pet surrenders from breeders who cannot take care of the animals.

“None of our foxes came from the wild,” said Raines.

Mikayla Raines founded the facility after buying her own fox and realizing she could rescue others.

From Arctic foxes and grey foxes to their many variations of the red fox, the site is full of “fur-ball fun!”

“All of the foxes have their own enclosures, and then we rotate them,” said Raines.

“So they all get fox yard time, and we have four fox yards here.”

Saveafox Rescue uses socialization skills with these animals on a daily basis, allowing them to interact with people, now the rescue has introduced “Yoga with Foxes," a fun and new tactic to get people familiar with foxes.

“That’s going to be interesting, cause we’ve never had a yoga with foxes, it’s going to be the first class we have out here," said Raines.

The event might seem unorthodox to many because of the nature of the animals, but the founder said there is nothing to worry about.

“Foxes are very shy and nervous by nature, so they have way more of that flight than fight," said the founder.

"Many people think that a fox might come up to them and bite them or something, but if anything they are going to run away cause they’re scared.”

Yoga with Foxes takes place on July 27 and 28, with two classes per day. Each class is an hour long, with tickets set at $15 per person. The founder said this is an event people will remember for a long time.

“Being around them is super like magical, "said Raines.

" I know that sounds kind of cliché and weird but it really is.”

For more information on how to sign-up for the classes or take a tour of the site, visit the SaveaRescue Facebook page.

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