Rescue
Family rescues baby fox in their yard and reunites him with mom
A baby fox gets stuck and some nice humans help.
Colby Maxwell
08.10.20

Nature is never as far away as we sometimes think it is. Even in the small and quiet backyards of suburbia, you can find the wild things that make their hidden lives there. One family discovered that a normally small and hidden inhabitant needed their help if it was going to survive.

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Going into their backyard one day, Gen and her daughter discovered a creature that needed help.

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While out in their yard, Gen and her daughter found a baby fox that had become wedged between a fence and a wall. The little animal was completely stuck and wasn’t able to get out on its own. We don’t know how long the little guy had been lying back there, but it was obviously in rough condition.

At first, Gen didn’t know if it was a fox or a cat!

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Looking at the helpless animal scrunched up in the corner, it’s easy to see how she made the mistake. Once she realized exactly what she was dealing with, she was completely amazed. Getting on her thickest gloves, she began digging around the fox and helping it to get free. Finally, it was clear enough to lift out of the predicament.

While the fox was free, it was too weak to leave.

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The little guy must have been stuck for quite some time. Once Gen pulled him out of the spot it wasn’t even strong enough to hold its own head up! If it was going to survive, it would need some love and attention. Thankfully, Gen and her daughter were down for an adventure! After Gen explained to her daughter that they couldn’t, in fact, keep it as a pet, they got to work.

Calling the wildlife shelter, they soon realized they were on their own.

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After a quick call to the rescue center near them, they found out that due to the lockdown they wouldn’t be able to send anyone to help. Wrapping the small fox in a blanket, Gen realized she was on her own if she wanted to help the animal in need.

After some water and warmth, the little guy was finally feeling better.

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Getting some much-needed water and rest, the little guy was soon walking around their home! With joy in their hearts, the family knew that the little guy was going to be ok. He got stronger and stronger as the day progressed.

Don’t forget about mama!

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Gen placed the little fox (now named Foxee) outside at certain points in the day to see if his mom would come and take him back home to where he belonged. After a few hours, she never came.

Going in for the night, the family wasn’t ready for the next morning!

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The following morning the family awoke to chaos. The entire backyard was torn up from top to bottom. The mama had come back and was looking for her little baby! She got frustrated and tore up the yard looking for him. The family needed a plan to get Foxee back where he belonged.

Putting out a little contraption, they waited the next night to see if mama would come back.

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Finally, after two days of searching, mama fox got to see her baby! She immediately grabbed him by the neck and scampered off into the wood. The entire thing is a testament to good-hearted people and the little bits of nature hiding around us every day.

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By Colby Maxwell
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I am a copy and content writer from Charlotte, NC who loves science, nature, and writing!
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