Identification Alert - Foxes are born with very dark, sometimes black, fur. They have rounded faces and have bright blue eyes when first opened. Fox cubs can often be mistaken for puppies or kittens. If you are unsure, please contact a wildlife rescue centre for help with identification.
I have found a fox cub, what should I do?
Unless the cub is in imminent danger, such as from dogs, cars, building works etc. it is advisable to step back and assess the situation. Vixens can often move their young from one den to another due to a disturbance or because it has been outgrown by the cubs. If this is the case, young cubs may be left above ground for short periods of time. Healthy young foxes will be plump and bright eyed and should be wary of humans. As the cubs grow older they may stay above ground for long periods of time playing without the supervision of adult foxes, again, healthy fox cubs will be bright and alert. If you find a fox cub out above the ground and it is obviously distressed, injured or completely unresponsive the best course of action is to very carefully wrap it in a towel or a jumper, pick it up and place it in a box. If you have a hot water bottle or heat pad you can place that in the box as well. Don't try and feed it before seeking further advice. Warning – Even young fox cubs can have a nasty bite if scared, make sure you handle animals with care, preferably with gloves.
I have seen a fox with mange, what should I do?
It is possible to treat mange in foxes without bringing them into a rescue centre. However if the condition is severe or the animal is very young it would be best to seek further advice regarding treatment.
If you are planning on treating the fox yourself please make sure you have researched all available information extremely carefully. Some treatments can have adverse side effects for other animals. For further advice please contact your local wildlife rescue centre.
I have found an injured/ill adult fox, what should I do?
Unless you have experience handling such animals please do not attempt to pick up an adult fox. Even if severely injured, adult foxes can be dangerous. The best course of action is to stay at a safe distance from the animal and ring a wildlife rescue centre for help immediately. If you are unable to stay with the fox make sure you take details of its location so it can be found easily.
For further advice or information please contact us, or alternatively contact another rescue centre that has experience with Foxes.