Pictured from left are Jordan Budnik, Wild Bird Center executive director; Nicole Navarro with Jasper the fox; Veterinarian Michael Claudio and Bayleigh MacHaffie, Wild Bird Center rehabilitation manager. CONTRIBUTED

Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.”So how about that storm in Key Largo last week, huh? Pretty wild. I was outside playing and all of a sudden the temperature dropped a bunch and stuff was flying around. I heard a tornado touched down close to us and boy oh boy I am glad it didn’t blow this foxy boy away. 

Jasper and Penny got the memo about hiding under the bed in case of emergency. I must have skipped that part in fox school. “Go to ground” or something like that. Needless to say there were leaves, branches and those really hard seeds that sound like bombs when they hit the roof, everywhere. Mom had fun cleaning it up. I tried to help her use the leaf blower but she said I was no help at all. 

Jasper the fox got to go on a big adventure down to the Florida Keys Wild Bird center on April 21. Our friends there let our veterinarian, Dr. Claudio, use their X-ray machine so he wouldn’t have to go all the way to his office in Miami. How cool is that? Some of you may know that Jasper spent the longest time on the fur farm and as a result has some pretty serious neurological and physical issues, including arthritis. 

Jasper receives laser acupuncture once a month but mom really wants to be able to purchase our own laser device so she can treat Jasper more often. Those lasers aren’t cheap, the one the vet uses costs $10,000. We don’t need one that fancy, of course. Mom has started asking for donations, which are all tax-deductible, so if you want to help out Jasper, you can always mail a check to P.O. Box 1165, Tavernier, FL 33070. I know mom would be super happy if we could get this laser. 

A fun event happening this weekend is the Indian Key Celebration on the grounds of the Islander Resort. This Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. head on down and celebrate the storied history of Indian Key with the Friends Islamorada State Parks and the Florida Keys History and Discovery Center. Enjoy all types of informative exhibits, demonstrations and speakers. There will be food trucks with all sorts of culinary treats.
Anywho, That’s all for this week. Check us out at to keep up with all our social media posts. Until next time, Reef, over and out.

Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.