“Mummy Fox”, female – born c. 2014
This vixen has reared many generations of cubs in an urban garden to the delight of the fox guardian whose garden she has chosen as her foxes playground.
Sadly she is currently badly injured with either an infected bite wound or fracture of her front paw. We have been monitoring her with one of our trail cameras and have set up a trap in co-operation with West Sussex Wildlife Protection.
We hope to capture her soon with the help of the wonderful lady who has been her guardian for many years. We hope that her injured leg can be fixed and she can be re-released into the wild to live the free life she was born to have.
Star, female – born c. March 2017
Star is a little vixen that is suffering from terrible mange. Sadly she is only an irregular visitor in Dora’s garden. We are monitoring her with a trail camera and are trying to set up a feeding pattern to treat her for mange as advised by a vet.
An oral treatment for mange is getting increasingly unlikely as she might be pregnant and the medicine cannot be given to pregnant and/or lactating vixens, so for now she is just being monitored and fed until we can rule out a pregnancy.
Gabriel, male – born c. 2013
Gabriel was an old fox that wondered into Dora’s garden one day, literally on his last legs. He looked as if he was in pain and very very tired. He drank a lot of water than curled up to hide in a disused kennel. He was rescued with the help of West Sussex Wildlife Protection. The vet diagnosed him with hepatitis and various other conditions that could not be cured. Terminally ill, he had come to this peaceful wildlife garden to die. It would have been a long and agonising death so the vet helped him to go to sleep peacefully. Even though this was the right decision to take for this fox, it was still painful and sad for his human guardian. However the animal’s welfare always must come first and sometimes an animal is still rescued even if euthanised.
Snowball, female – born c. May 2017
Snowball ventured into Dora’s garden with a bad injury. We monitored her injury in the hope that it was just a sprain but the leg did not heal and she needed trapping. Dora found out that this is easier said than done. After 10 night watches Snowball was finally trapped and the vet diagnosed that she had been shot and a bone in her back foot was completely shattered. The rescue organization Snowball was handed over too started a lengthy and to many animal rights advocates controversial treatment plan. Snowball sadly will live in captivity for the rest of her life.