The Toronto Zoo is asking the public to be on the lookout for its missing red fox, Todd.
Todd escaped from the Far East Zoo in mid-September after finding a weakness in its enclosure. “Despite extensive searches in the area, they have yet to find it,” wrote the Toronto Zoo. in a social media post on Friday.
The rehabilitated young red fox was taken in by the Toronto Wildlife Center after he was found in Milton late last year.
It is believed that he was likely raised by hand, due to his fearless behavior towards people, the Toronto Zoo decided to provide him with a home in his former wolf habitat last summer.
“Guardians outfitted the space to encourage natural behavior, including burrows to shelter in and various elevations to explore,” the post reads. “On the night of September 12, he dug a deep hole and found a hole to pass through.”
And while zookeepers have been watching for signs of its return, they hope that, as a native Ontario creature, it can adapt to wildlife.
“If you come across an animal that you suspect is orphaned or an animal that is not behaving normally, reach out to professionals, such as our colleagues at the Toronto Wildlife Center, rather than trying to help them yourself,” the zoo asks, adding that if you live in the area and you come across a fox that is acting meek or coming up to you, contact them.