Rescue
Gentle man befriends a wild fox with paw stuck between tree to save him
He didn’t know how the animal would react but he had to try.
Irene Markianou
12.21.22

Foxes are not uncommon visitors when it comes to Atlanta, Georgia. Especially in spring, they usually accompany their kits and train them to catch small rodents and birds, but in some cases also small family pets, in order to eat and survive.

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Unsplash - Alexander Andrews

Foxes are not usually aggressive towards humans unless they are rabid or protecting their young.

In any case, finding a fox in your backyard or under your deck- especially in spring- is not uncommon because they will be either passing by looking for food, or they will be looking to make a den.

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Unsplash - Erik Mclean

Probably in search of food, a little red fox was passing by the backyard of an Atlanta home a few days ago. Unfortunately, it got stuck in a tree and it couldn’t free itself.

The owner of the house was shocked to see a fox fighting to get its paw out of the tree where it had been caught.

YouTube - The Dodo
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YouTube - The Dodo

Unable to help it, and knowing that things could easily go wrong if he tried to help it by himself, he called Sanders Wildlife.

Soon, a rescuer arrived at his home in order to help the little wild animal.

The man immediately realized that the fox’s paw was badly stuck between the trees, and he started talking to the animal in order to calm it down.

YouTube - The Dodo
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YouTube - The Dodo

“What are you doing? It’s OK,” the man told the fox in a quiet and calm voice. “Nobody’s gonna hurt you, OK?” he reassured it.

Moments later, he explained that he would be approaching it and that it shouldn’t be scared.

Indeed, the man started walking towards the tree, trying to see how bad it was. And it was pretty bad.

YouTube - The Dodo
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YouTube - The Dodo

He got his tools and started working around the tree trying to find a way to free the wild animal’s paw.

All this time, the fox was obviously very scared. Initially, it tried to hide behind the tree, but once the man got closer, it tried to run away, this way hurting its paw more.

The man eventually climbed up the tree to free the fox’s paw, while the animal was freaking out because it was feeling threatened.

YouTube - The Dodo
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YouTube - The Dodo

After a few attempts, the man actually managed to free the stuck fox, and it ran away without even looking back.

The man did a very good job, and the fox was finally free, but some viewers were skeptical about whether the injured fox will make it into the wild.

YouTube - The Dodo
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YouTube - The Dodo

Some people argued that the wounded animal should have been taken to a shelter to be treated for a broken leg- or even amputated to have more chances to survive.

At the same time, there were others who explained that the man did what he could at the time and a fox with a free paw has more chance to survive than one stuck in a tree.

Whatever the case, it is heartwarming to see humans help wild animals in whatever way they can.

YouTube - The Dodo
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YouTube - The Dodo

See the rescue in the video below.

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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