When every revival tactic they tried failed, the workers called Paul McDonald, otherwise known on Facebook as the Fox Man.
Anyone else would have likely given up on this precious, struggling creature, hanging on to life by the meekest of threads. However, McDonald was not just anyone. This fox rescue specialist with Freshfields Animal Rescuerushed her to his trusted veterinarian.
After receiving a dose of antibiotics, thisfox, now named Red, miraculously started showing signs that she mightheal with time. She would need socialization to really pull through.
McDonald told LittleThings, It was a matter of luck having two cubs of the same age and size arriving around the same time.
Scroll through below to see how this generous fox rescuer is diligently nursing these abandoned foxes back into good health.
Recently, a group of factory workers found a little fox lying on the ground, barely showing any signs on life.
The factory workers tried everything they could think of to revive this poorcreature.
They even tempted her with food, hoping the smells would rouse her.
However, their attemptsproved unsuccessful.
In one last effort, they decided to call in Paul McDonald, known on Facebook as the Fox Man.
McDonald, a fox specialist with Liverpools Freshfields Animal Rescue, brought this little fox, who has since been named Red, to his trusted veterinarian at Parker Crowther Vets.
While little Reds heartbeat and breathing seemed normal, she was quite dehydrated, requiring an antibiotic IV drip.
After a few nights with the vet, McDonald eventually brought Red back to Freshfields Animal Rescue.
He continued feeding her via syringe, hoping shed soon be strong enough to stand on her own two feet.
Miraculously, though, it was not long before McDonalds wish came true.
McDonald told the Dodo:One night when I went into the unit to feed her, Red stood up on her own, which I admit brought a tear to my eye.
To see this poor animal, who I was convinced was not going to survive, show a miraculous turnaround changed my outlook on rescues of this nature, which normally end in tears of a different kind.”
While Red was showing signs of improvement, she was not completely out of the woods yet.
Thankfully, another little miracle was just around the corner.
Another abandoned fox cub soon arrived at Freshfields Animal Rescue.
Rescuers found little Bruno abandoned in a shed in Wirral.
Brunos arrival was completely fortuitous.
McDonald told the Dodo:Fox cubs are very sociable animals and it’s important that captive ones are not kept alone, as they can either become tame or get lonely from having no company.
So, it was a great relief to be able to give Red a friend in the form of Bruno.”
While Bruno has still been quite timidly sticking to his bed, Red has started exploring her surroundings a bit.
Both foxes are starting to show signs that theyre uncomfortable by McDonalds presence, though, indicating that hell soon need to reintroduce them back into the wild.
Until they are each strong enough for re-release, McDonald is doing all he can to prepare these little foxes for their next adventure.
He told LittleThings:Red and Bruno will ideally be mixed with other orphan cubs around their age before they are then put into a release pen for six weeks.
Then theyll be released back into the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves.
Over the next few days, I am going to be visiting potential release sites to determine suitability and find the best one that I think will enhance their chance of survival once they need to find their own way in life.
He continued to LittleThings:“It’s been a real learning experience dealing with Red and Bruno, as this is the first time since starting the unit up in December 2013, I’ve had two orphaned cubs in at one time that I’ve mixed together.
Normally, I have taken them to other rescues, so they are not kept alone. They can become lonely quite quickly.
The process of mixing them, making sure they get along and won’t fight and injure each other, will aid me in future scenarios where I have to mix orphaned cubs from different families.
Along this journey, McDonalds learned many lessons.
He told LittleThings:“Ihave learned from Bruno, in particular, to be thorough and check over the whole body of the cubs that come in to the unit as I initially missed an abscess he was suffering from.
Its easy to miss things like this by adopting a ‘hands off’ approach when you assume the animal is perfectly healthy and the only issue is the fact it’s been orphaned.
In the long run, however, it’s clearly in the animals best interest to undergo a bit of stress initially, to ensure all of their needs are catered for.
Recounting to LittleThings why he initially became a fox rescuer, McDonald explained: Ive witnessed the cruelty of fox hunting firsthand, even since the ‘ban.’
“My sympathy and passion for these animals, forced to endure so much cruelty at the hands of their demonizers has only increased.
This is what has led me to be where I am today.
With such a passionate advocate on their side, Red and Bruno are happily healing together.
Check out the video below to see adorable baby Red enjoying some water.
Thanks to McDonalds diligent efforts, these two ailing foxes are now well on their way to living healthy lives in the wild.
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