This museum’s animal ambassador has died

Silly a 11-year-old Gray fox at the Virginia Living Museum, died on Sunday (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)
Silly a 11-year-old Gray fox at the Virginia Living Museum, died on Sunday (Southside Daily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)

Silly, the Virginia Living Museum’s male gray fox, has died.

He was “at least 12 years old,” according to the museum.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must share the passing of the Virginia Living Museum’s male gray fox,” the museum wrote on their Facebook page.

According to the museum’s website, Silly was orphaned and lived in the wild before the museum acquired him from a zoo in 2009. He spent the remainder of his life in the museum’s outdoor habitat until he was diagnosed with pneumonia on Jan. 24 and died three days later.

For more information about the gray foxes, visit the Virginia Living Museum’s website.

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