A TINY fox cub has been rescued from Cardiff by the RSPCA.
The RSPCA was contacted on Monday [30 March] after some members of the public found the animal at Samuels Crescent, Whitchurch, Cardiff.
RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Sian Burton said: “The callers said they had found a small animal but did not know what it was. They thought it might have been a puppy but the legs were too short.”
The small fox had been wrapped in a towel but still suffered from the cold.
“He was freezing, crying and skin had come off his tail,” she added. “He still had his eyes closed so must be under 10 days old.”
The fox was taken to a veterinary surgery and he was slowly warmed up. AWO Burton then took the fox straight to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset.
Staff at the wildlife centre who are already hand rearing another tiny fox will now keep a close eye on him through these first few crucial days. They will be feeding him with a special formula to replace his mother’s milk. Apart from his tail injuries he appears to be healthy and weighs 330 grams.
If you find a fox cub on its own and its eyes are open, it’s probably fine – the parents will usually be nearby. Leave a supply of dog food and water nearby and check again after 24 hours. If the cub is in immediate danger – on a road or somewhere very exposed – move it to a sheltered, safe spot nearby, handling it as little as possible.
Foxes that become used to humans do not survive well in the wild. If you are concerned about an uninjured fox cub, or you have found a cub and its eyes are still closed, please contact the RSPCA on our 24-hour cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
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