Ju­niper, The Hap­pi­est Fox

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days - Oliver Atwell

By Jes­sika Coker, Chronicle Books, £12.99, 144 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-1452167602

If noth­ing else, to­day’s world is one that fa­cil­i­tates, even ac­tively en­cour­ages, cyn­i­cism. So it’s dif­fi­cult not to be touched by this lit­tle ray of sun­shine de­tail­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween tame fox Ju­niper and her owner Jes­sika Coker. Foxes have not al­ways had the eas­i­est ride, and through­out his­tory have been seen as ver­min fit only for hunt­ing or for their fur. Ju­niper the Fox has be­come some­thing of a so­cial me­dia celebrity – with 2.2 mil­lion In­sta­gram fol­low­ers – so you could be for­given for see­ing this book as a su­per­fi­cial cash-in. But un­like many other tomes of its ilk, this vol­ume does have some im­por­tant things to say about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and foxes, a species that is still very much mis­un­der­stood. ★★★

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