For more squeetastic fennec fox pix, see their Zooborns page.
The good news about fennec foxes: Since Wisconsin has no exotic pet captivity laws, it’s up to each county to determine what can and can’t be kept as a pet. Most counties have not passed a law against keeping a fennec fox as a pet. Milwaukee HAS passed such a law. Repeat: It is ILLEGAL to keep a fennec fox as a pet in Milwaukee County. Also, it’s illegal to import them into the state without a license, which the state currently does not grant. So the bottom line is that if you DO see a fennec fox for sale as a pet in Wisconsin, understand that it is being sold illegally. However, if someone already has a fennec fox as a pet, it’s fine as long as it isn’t in Milwaukee County.
The bad news is that even though they’re unbelievably cute, they make terrible pets. Yes, they’re adorable and affectionate and clean. But they’re (a) crepuscular and (b) burrowing animals. This means that every day around dawn and dusk, these adorable little balls of fuzz will wreck your house. They’re tiny, furry, furniture-destroying demonspawn. 🙂 Also, keeping them in an outdoor cage is an issue as well: they can dig 20 feet down.