Firefighters Save 8 Puppies From Storm Drain, Find Out Later That They Aren’t Puppies At All

March 22nd, 2018

Firefighters are some of the bravest beings on this earth. When they aren’t running into burning buildings to save us and our property, they perform other valiant acts such as saving cats from tall trees or dogs from wells.

So, when Colorado firefighters from the Colorado Springs Fire Department heard there were several pups stuck in a storm drain, they rushed to the rescue.

Fire Captain Brian Vaughan told Inside Edition that his team believed the trapped pups were Labrador puppies that were being dumped by their owner.

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Bakersfield Fire Department Source: Bakersfield Fire Department

They would soon find out that this wasn’t exactly the case. It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to gently pull about eight pups from the storm drain.

They were then immediately brought to the Humane Society of Pikes Peaks Region.

It was there that they found out exactly what these little pups were. They weren’t pups at all… they were foxes.They were actually baby red foxes. Foxes are pretty common in that area of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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“They took them [to the shelter] and actually one of the vets in that location said, ‘No, these aren’t Labradors, these are foxes,” Vaughn said. “[The firefighter] was just in shock.”

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Baby foxes are known as kits and are usually born between March and May, according to Wilderness Classroom. Foxes will usually have between one and 10 kits per litter.

They are born in dens their mother’s make before they are born. So, the storm drain was likely their den.

“This time of year there are a lot of animals that are starting to have their young, and they have them in small dens that are places that we can encounter when we’re recreating in the outdoors like we like to do,” Travis Sauder Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager told CBS Denver.

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Now the authorities are aiming to reunite the pups with their mom.

“These animals are going to be put back where we found them hoping that the mother is still in the area and can pick up the normal duties like she would. If the mom’s not around anymore we can take them to a licensed re-hab,” Sauder said.

Regardless of what species they were, the firefighters were glad to be of assistance. The rescue was even caught on video. You can see the firefighters save the fox kits in the video below.

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Source: CBS Denver