Squirt the skunk now resides at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm in Key West. CONTRIBUTED

Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.” I have some very exciting news to share. You may have already seen it, but we had a skunk stay with us for two nights last week. 

Yep, you read that right, a skunk. I was not allowed to see the skunk. I was not allowed close enough to even get a whiff of the skunk. Now you might think it was rude of my mom to not introduce us but I have to be honest. I have a tendency to, uh, “play” with small wild-looking animals a little too much — to the point they stop playing permanently. So it was in the best interest of Squirt the skunk that we did not meet. I heard he came from someone that could no longer care for him and got a home at one of the best places around, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm in Key West. 

My mom’s friend that runs a sanctuary in Deltona, 101 Paws and Claws, called my mom a few weeks ago wondering if we could help. So, mom called the Sheriff’s Farm, who said they would be happy to give Squirt the skunk a home. Then, the problem was getting him here, so my mom asked her friend, Andrew, who works for Sailor’s Choice in Key Largo if he could pick him up on his way back from visiting family in Orlando this weekend and he said “yes.” My mom always says, it takes a village in animal rescue, and boy oh boy, now I see what she means. What an amazing little community we live in that really rallies together to help save animals and get them to happy homes. 

All of the foxes here at Pawsitive Beginnings really enjoyed the cool weather we had this past weekend. We didn’t spend much time inside the house because it was our kind of climate. Did you know that in the wild, red foxes (like us) can survive in temperatures well below zero degrees? This 45 degree low we hit last Sunday was nothing compared to what we can handle. 

Events around town: This Saturday at Key Largo Elementary School from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. they will be having its second annual Carnival. This event is put on by the KLS Parent Teacher Association and this year they will have mechanical rides, games, ponies, gigantic slides, rock climbing walls, burgers and more. Admission is $5 per person. An unlimited ride bracelet is $20. Remember, it’s a cash-only event. Sounds like a good time to me but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t allow me to climb the rock wall, or would they?

Anywho, that’s all for this week. Keep up with all of the foxes here by visiting our website, pawsitivebeginnings.org.

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.