Fans of a vegan YouTuber are angry with her for her decision to place her pet fennec fox on a vegan diet.
The YouTubers name is Sonia Sae, and the Barcelona-based woman is passionate about veganism. She is outspoken about animal cruelty-related issues, and she is also known to be critical of the meat industry.
Sonia’s fans have grown increasingly concerned about Sonia’s fox—Jumanji: it is believed that Sonia rescued the fennec fox from a breeder back in 2014.
Ever since the creature was rescued, the little creature has been consuming a vegan diet—just like Sonia. According to reports, he has been eating mostly vegan cat food.
The diet fed to the fennec fox is different than what he would be consuming in the wild. He would be eating mostly bugs, mealworms, and mice.
Concerns started to be raised regarding the health of Jumanji when a night vision video was posted via Instagram. The fennec fox was looking much thinner than it should.
Sonia has actually spoken out before about the fennec fox’s health issues; they include eyesight problems, spontaneous convulsions, and even hair loss.
Many blame the animal’s appearance on the meat-free diet being fed to him. Such a diet is unusual for a fennec fox. Other people made note of the fox’s apparent sore skin as well as lethargy.
One Facebook user, Alice Natanya Moore, wrote a post that has been shared over 25,000 times.
In the post, Alice wrote that fennec foxes are not true omnivores, adding that if you feed a fennec fox such a diet, it is likely that the animal will get sick. She pointed that out that—in the wild—their diet is 90% insects and meat.
Alice wrote that the remainder of the fox’s diet consists of fruits and roots that are only eaten to supplement the insects and meat. She said the reason the fox is partially blind already is because the vegan cat food he has been eating led to a taurine deficiency.
Alice continued to write that Jumanji is clearly experiencing hair loss, which the owner claims to be as a result of an allergy, and appears lethargic based on the Instagram videos.
Alice pointed out that the animal lacks a digging area, which is why his nose appears red; the fennec was probably digging, she said, in carpeting, hard floors, and sheets.
She also wrote that Sonia was claiming her pet fennec was shedding winter and summer coats; however, as Alice pointed out, fennec foxes are animals who live in the desert. Therefore, they do not have seasonal coats that need to be shed, adding that hair loss is actually a quite common indicator of malnutrition.
Alice then went on to write that Sonia has chosen not to listen to the professionals who are horrified by her treatment of the fennec fox and have actually contacted her about the animal’s health. According to Alice, exotic vet techs and fox sanctuaries have been in touch with Sonia.
According to reports, police are now investigating the case. The fox could end up being taken away from his owner, or Sonia could be forced to feed her pet a proper diet.
Sonia sae you can’t force an animal to go vegan!!!! This is what you did to your pet and its clearly not the healthiest decision. You are basically killing your pet!!!! -_- pic.twitter.com/OPDlsE5Chx
— Adri Marie (@adriemcg5) March 9, 2018
@laSextaTV please look into this case of Sonia Sae and Jumanji. She is a youtuber from Barcelona who is feeding her pet fox a vegan diet which will most likely kill this animal through malnurishment. pic.twitter.com/uckAJ9stFi
— Call me Raven, Honey (@SaniSuntTimor) March 9, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Sonia responded to those who have been critical of her. She said she’s soon “debunk” the lies and let everyone decide if Jumanji is slow, lethargic, or tired.
She also thanked those who have been supportive and inquired into the health of her fox without harassing her or threatening to kill her.
This matter has clearly gotten a lot of people upset if Sonia is indeed getting death threats.
For those unfamiliar with the animal, fennec foxes are small nocturnal creatures that are typically found in the Arabian Desert, North Africa, and the Sinai Peninsula. At their very largest, they weigh less than 1.6 kilograms and are about 40 centimeters in length.
They’re different than other fox species in terms of behavior; for example, they tend to live in packs.
The fennec fox also happens to be the national animal of Algeria.
Fennec fur is prized by certain cultures, and they are considered an exotic pet in many places around the world. They’re one of only two species of fox that can be kept as pets in the United States.
The legality of owning one varies based on the jurisdiction.