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Rescuers save baby foxes stuck inside drain pipe
The poor mama just wanted to save her little cub.
Rachel Shapiro
09.13.21

Foxes are a famously elusive and shy species. Sometimes, you may glance one darting by at dusk. But normally, you won’t see much of these animals. And if you do see a fox up close, there’s a chance that something is wrong.

That was just the case when residents of the English town of Cooden Beach spotted a fox standing by a drain pipe.

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The story started when locals heard some crying from inside a drain pipe. After some quick investigation of the sounds, the locals also noticed that there was an adult fox standing in plain sight near the hole that the sounds were coming from.

Because the sight of a fully-grown fox is so rare, residents knew something serious was happening. Upon closer inspection, the situation became clear.

As it turns out, the mother fox had a baby cub stuck in the drainage pipe—and couldn’t do anything to help.

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Fortunately, some good samaritans got in touch with rescuers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) to help out.

The rescuers arrived on-scene and tried to use a drainage rod to help get the cub dislodged from the piping below.

Although they tried fishing it out for about 90 minutes, they realized that the cub was in a part of the pipe that was unreachable. Still, they knew that if the cub didn’t make it out of the pipe, it would die.

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After waiting for some time, the rescuers tried again. This time, one of the men was able to feel the cub in the tunnel! As it turns out, the cub had finally made its own way back to the entrance of the hole and just needed a little help to get out.

With that, the team was able to grab hold of the cub and gently pull him out safe and sound.

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After a quick bath, the cub was finally reunited with its mother! The team placed the cub in an open carrier which the mother approached cautiously. After carefully helping her cub out, the two pranced off together back into the woods.

In all, this story shows the undying love between a mother and child, no matter what the species.

Fortunately, the mother fox also had some help from some good citizens as well.

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East Sussex WRAS did an incredible job saving this little fox family! If you’d like to help them with their lifesaving work, consider donating to their organization.

Check out the full rescue video below!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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