Fox – Orton Goldhay, Peterborough
We were alerted to this Fox by several concerned members of the public in the early evening, after they had seen the animal out during the day and having made no attempt to move for over four hours they realised that something must have been wrong.
Our Rescue Technician attended and found the fox; covered in blankets, surrounded by an ever-growing army of animal lovers who wanted to help the animal get back on his feet. The Fox was in a very sorry state. He was incredibly weak, and completely docile to the small on-scene examination that we conducted. This is very unusual for foxes, who we have found to usually be able to muster a small amount of ‘fight’ even when they are in a bad way – so we knew we had to get this creature back to our hospital fast in order to try and bring him back from what was a rapid decline of health.
He was assessed properly back at our facilities, and found to have no significant injuries that could be responsible for his condition, and we had to deduce the root cause for his problem was something internal. We administered fluids, and made him comfortable, but despite the best efforts of our team, the fox gave up his struggle for life in the early hours of the morning.
Whilst we cannot save everything that comes through our doors; as stricken wildlife will often prefer to deal with their conditions without the aid of humans – and by the time they are reported and admitted, its always a race against the clock to improve the deficit in the animals health. However, we will always try, for any animal that needs us, regardless of whether the species are considered vermin, or pests. In this particular story, we praise the efforts of the public involved, and are pleased to know that there are people such as yourselves out there, who look out for their local wildlife and enable us to provide the service that we do.
Date: 6th January 2018
Area: Orton Goldhay, Peterborough