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Animal Thieves

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Animal Thieves

I am lucky — my almost-nine-year-old still loves for me to curl-up with her at bedtime and read out loud. Last night we started a funny book called Bad Pets: True Tales of Misbehaving Animals. The chapters are broken down into: Crazy and Wild, Thieves, Intruders, Rascals, Vandals, Hijackers, Thugs and Chowhounds.  Two of the thievery stories were quite entertaining, so I wanted to share them with Care2 readers: a wild fox that sneaks into town and steals shoes and a Idaho cat burglar named Jack.


In the German town of Fohren, people’s shoes started missing. First a hiking boot, then house slippers, then flip-flops, then workman’s boots. People started sharing stories and it was discovered that over 100 shoes had gone missing from porches, decks and backyards in a rather short period of time! Sometimes it was just one shoe, sometimes it was both shoes, and understandably it left the town befuddled as to who this prankster was. There were no clues and no witnesses.

The mystery was finally solved in 2009 when a forestry worker discovered an extensive footwear collection in a fox’s den just outside the town limits.  The bushy-tailed culprit was a mama fox who had a boisterous family of pups — and an obvious shoe fetish. Altogether in multiple locations, the forestry worker found 118 shoes, that included twelve matching pairs. “She probably has more in the den,” he said, “but we did not want to venture in further because the mama fox and her youngsters are still living there.”

So, why would a fox make off like a bandit with so many shoes? First, she probably liked the scent of the shoes and since nearly every shoe was covered in little teeth marks, it was assumed she brought them back for her babes to play with and gnaw on, like chew toys.












A kind-hearted count who lives in Fohren Palace near the fox’s den retrieved the shoes and laid them out on the palace grounds for people to reclaim their lost soles. He then politely requested that rather than remove the fox and her family, that the townspeople should bring their shoes indoors at night.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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6:17PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Too funny! Can you imagine items that no one wanted anyone else to know they had hanging in the front yard? All cats think they own the entire world, anyway, so in their book it's never theft.

6:01AM PST on Feb 28, 2014


6:03AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

I prefer animal thieves over human ones at all times:)

12:35AM PST on Dec 16, 2013


11:50PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thieving animals? I thought humans had a lock on that.

8:48PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

so cute, love these thieves...LOL

7:11AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

thank you for sharing 2/7

10:57AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

my little ones are apt thieves w/deft paws

11:33PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

they arent thieves, they just take what is rightfully theirs

5:17AM PDT on May 31, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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