If you’re a person who finds foxes adorable, then this story is for you! The Zao Fox Village (Zao Kitsune Mura) which is a fox sanctuary in Japan is an absolute paradise for fox lovers. This sanctuary is located close to Shiroishi city, in the mountains of Miyagi. The sanctuary was open to the public since 1990 and it houses more than a hundred animals. In this sanctuary, you can watch six different breeds of foxes roaming freely.
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In this sanctuary, there are horse stables and a zoo that lets you pet bunnies. Also, there’s an enclosed area where young and injured foxes are kept safe. Visitors can take a tour of these places after paying a small admission fee. However, the key attraction of the sanctuary is the large and open area where foxes roam freely, Here, they scamper, play, eat, and sleep freely. Most of the foxes are used to human interactions and they eagerly approach humans. They are curious about humans and want to be fed or petted. But still, it’s important for visitors to be careful of them. Since they are wild foxes, there’s a possibility of biting if provoked.
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Japan holds foxes in high regard. In Japanese folklore, they usually appear as mischievous and tricky creatures. However, foxes are portrayed as powerful spirits too. The messengers of Inari Okami and the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity, and agriculture are few occasions where foxes are depicted as powerful creatures. So, check out the pictures below and share your thoughts with us in the comments!