For the last few months, I have been holding monthly fox meetings for those interested in learning more about foxes and the problems they face, especially here in London with the prevalence of mange. This is also with the aim of getting new volunteers who would like to help with the increasing number of foxes I am asked to rescue every day. If you are interested in attending the meeting this Monday 31st July in Holloway N7, or any future meetings,please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The daily requests for help for poorly foxes is just escalating continually and can be quite a challenge as there are just so many needing assistance. As well as sick and injured foxes who need to be caught and taken into care for treatment, there are inevitably some very sad cases where all we can do is put a peaceful end to their suffering but this is also a very important part of rescue.
The biggest problem by far is mange. There is so much of it around. People do not realise that mange is not just an itchy skin condition that makes foxes look dishevelled-it is a killer. If you see a fox with mange, treat it-you can save its life! For a comprehensive view of mange and how to treat it, please read this link courtesy of the Fox Project-
Here are just a few of our recent fox rescues-
Bernie was rescued from a pub garden at London Bridge-the poor little was mite running around a couple of inches away from a sheer drop straight into the Thames! When I went to pick him up, he had squashed herself between some bins and to stop him making a mad leap into the Thames, I had to grab him in a different way than I usually would by the back end as he tried to struggle away so I got a nip! My first ever ‘fox bite’-ha!
This little one was rescued initially by some builders who found him on the 8th floor of a construction site and carried him down in a builders bag which might account for the sign on the loo door when I went to collect him!
We literally saved these cubs lives lives as they were in a nursery school destined for a horrible end at the hands of ‘pest control’-Bob, in the first photo was actually in the pest controllers trap but luckily we were able to intervene. The school agreed to call off ‘pest control’ and work with us instead to solve the problem humanely and allow us to trap the remaining cub, Carrie-Ann who also had mange. We managed to eventually get both of them and saved their lives twice, firstly from ‘pest controllers’ and secondly from mange!
Thanks to Margaret who volunteered to go and transfer the cub from the trap to a carrier for me even though she had never done it before and bring it to me on her way to Glastonbury and thanks to Kirk who volunteered to drive the cubs the long haul all the way to the Fox Project! Twice! What a trooper!
Kirk then spent many hours, sometimes in the middle of the night, trying to catch the mother who was much more canny and refused to be caught. In the end, we decided that although we would have liked to treat her for mange just in case, she actually looked very healthy so the nursery are just going to keep a look out for her and stay in touch.
The story of Squirrel the fox cub! We were contacted about a fox cub whose back end was stuck in a tree and dangling upside down in great distress-he was crying very loudly for quite some time before the kind person managed to contact us. It was very upsetting to hear it on the phone-something needed to happen fast and thankfully although I was totally tied up elsewhere, we were able to help.
Huge thanks to the following volunteers-
Ross for immediately offering to help even though it meant having to make an excuse to duck out of work and jump on the tube and handle a distressed fox even though he had never done so before and doing so successfully!
Kirk for yet again dropping everything to go and help (this time by scooter) even though he has been doing so much to help the Whitechapel school foxes including night time vigils and two round trips to the Fox Project!
Eleonore who even though the logistics of it were very difficult, offered to do anything she could to help this fox which meant coming to collect a carrier from me and driving into Central London to collect the fox and take it all the way to the Fox Project! Thanks as ever to the Fox Project!
Thanks also to Mark for making contact about this fox and working with us to make it happen.
What an amazing team! Thank you! ❤❤
This is Hugo-I was driving along and my animal emergency radar went off! Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a teeny kitten on a front garden wall so screeched to a halt. It was tiny and terrified and ran and hid. It ran a few gardens along and hid under a gas meter box. It was hissing and spitting and I just couldn’t get my hand in without the possibility of losing it so I managed to block all exit points with towels and blankets, (I hope) and set a trap on the only exit point. He resolutely stayed put so I had to take the bull by the horns (kitten by the claws?) and I got him! He was not grateful at all and cried for his mama all the first night but with a bit of taming, he was soon purring and is now belting round my house avoiding Carmen’s punches!
Last week, I rescued this lovely little cat family-here is the story in the words of lifestyle blogger Sasha Jenkins whose lock-up they were found in! The clever mum cat, who I called Gilda, chose the right lock-up!