It is with great regret that I find myself writing yet another good-bye to an amazing fox and friend. It only seems yesterday that I got a phone call asking me to take on a one-year-old fox that had been kept as a pet and was deemed to tame for release, now fourteen years later it is with great sadness I have had to say goodbye to Meadow.
In recent months Meadow had started to show signs of her age and finally, on Saturday, after meeting a family, which she did in her normal dignified and gentle way, she had a small seizure. After much soul searching, I made the very difficult decision to call it a day. She was put to sleep by the vet, Rhiannon, who is also my daughter-in-law making it a family affair. She passed peacefully as she laid on my lap, I looked into those beautiful eyes for one last time, Mirren my daughter was also there to say goodbye.
Meadow I will miss your loving eyes and the little kisses you would give (for a treat of course).
Meadow was the most amazingly gentle and loving fox you could care to meet; she melted the hearts of all those she met and changed countless people’s views on foxes.
For me personally I cannot put into words the sadness I feel, I still cannot believe she’s gone, even though I have known, for some time, this day was fast approaching. For my family it is the end of an era with Meadow being the last of the foxes that changed so much in our lives, first at Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre and more recently at Screech Owl Sanctuary and Animal Park.
I suppose this is the start of a new era with our young foxes, Teddy, and Basil, who are ready to continue the legacy and continue changing hearts and minds at Screech, where work has just started on our brand-new fox enclosure which will be called ‘Meadow’s Retreat’.
Meadow will, I’m sure, be missed by many other people, please share your memories of her as it will be a fitting tribute to her and foxes in general.
Thank you all for your support, The Zammit family and Screech Owl Sanctuary