Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre are looking after their first orphaned fox cub of 2019.
The tiny week-old cub was found when hay bales were being removed at a workplace in Lympsham.
The cub was thought to be a puppy, but with no sign of the mother for a period of time was picked up and put in the finder’s vehicle. Later, the finder’s partner suggested it could be a fox cub so called Secret World.
At the rescue centre, the fox cub was provided with first aid and rehydrated. After a thorough assessment he was found to have no injuries. He was warmed up and then suckled 10mls of warm rehydration fluid.
Animal Carer Kate Gibbs told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It’s a lovely chubby, healthy boy about a week old with his eyes still closed.”
“He is in excellent condition considering what he has been through and is currently responding well to care at the centre.”
“It is always a problem with fox cubs as people just don’t realise that fox cubs are a dark chocolate brown when first born.”
The cub will stay at the centre to be reared by one of the orphan rearers. He will eventually be weaned and rehabilitated for release.
Readers who have any land that Secret World can release wildlife on can get in touch with its release Manager Jamie at Jamie.Kingscott@secretworld.org.
Jamie has appealed for the general public to ring Secret World 01278 783250 before removing young mammals that they find, as often mothers will return for them if given the opportunity.