Craig McGettrick was helping his neighborhood by cleaning the local garden when he stumbled upon something he never expected: a litter of puppies. Worried that they may not have a mother, he and his friend Beccie decided to put the puppies in a cardboard box and take them to a nearby rescue facility, Freshfields Animal Rescue. They also put some photos up on Facebook to see if anyone could help.
After the photos began circulating around the internet, they got a notification from the founder of the National Fox Welfare Society. Martin Hemmington told them that, in fact, these were not puppies like previously believed, but fox cubs.
In a later Facebook post, Hemmington noted:
“We were contacted by a lovely lady called Beccie through our Facebook Page; Beccie had sent a few photos asking if the babies in the photos were indeed fox cubs. We confirmed they certainly were. Beccie advised us that they had been taken to a rescue center in Liverpool mistakenly as puppies, not fox cubs.”
People began to inquire why the cubs had been left on their own, but Hemmington clarified that mystery as well.
“Vixens leave their cubs all the time whilst they are in the den, and as they get older they’ll begin to explore their surroundings more and more, and become less dependent on mum.”
Knowing that the foxes still needed the care and aid of their mother, they decided to take the cubs back to the original location to bring their family back together.
“I didn’t give the cubs any milk in order for them to be hungry so they’d cry out and call for their mum, which they did,” Hemmington said. “I put them around the same place they were found, as I knew the mum would be looking for them, and she’d be checking the place she last had them.”
He continued to note, “I believe once she’d picked the first one up and knew the others were safe in the box, she waited until it got dark to get the rest as she must not have felt safe moving the cubs in daylight.”
The cubs were all properly returned by the end of the night! Thanks to the amazing people involved, every cub was able to get back where they belonged!
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