animal carers hand-rearing 25 orphaned fox cubs
carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea have
their hands full this week with 25 fox cubs to look after.
charity, based in East Huntspill, has been inundated with sick
and orphaned fox cubs over the past two weeks, including a cub
that had been taken to a cat rescue centre by mistake.
our urban-dwelling wild animals like foxes have become used to
living alongside humans, it seems people are becoming ever more
aware of the wildlife living around them.
can be great when theyre in need of our help, but we also
need to know when to leave them alone for their own safety.
of the cubs were found under a shed in Bristol two weeks ago when
the homeowner was doing some garden renovations. Unfortunately
as the cubs were disturbed, the mother did not return to them,
so Secret World decided it was time to step in and rescue the
"Wed much rather have seen the fox cubs reunited with
their mother," says Leigh Thomas, Wildlife Hospital Section
Leader at Secret World.
a rescue can often be avoided. If you disturb a group of fox cubs,
usually the best thing to do is to clear the area of people and
leave the cubs alone for a couple of hours to give the mother
a chance to move them to a safer place. This recommendation can
vary according to weather conditions and age of the cubs however,
so we suggest that you always seek advice from a wildlife rescue
centre to find out the best course of action."
five cubs are now about four weeks old and theyre doing
really well. Animal carers Debbie OKeefe and Judith Andrews
have been hand rearing them, first bottle feeding them with puppy
milk and now a mixture of solid puppy food and milk which will
help them make the transition to a solid food diet.
puppy food is really important and we need loads of it at the
moment with all these hungry fox cubs to feed!" says Leigh.
people can donate any to us that would be brilliant. Its
easy to do through our wishlist on the Amazon website or by sending
a donation so we can purchase the food."
foxes will be released back into the wild towards the end of the
summer when they are strong enough to thrive on their own. Until
then, they will gradually become more independent by reducing
the contact they have with humans, and moving them into larger