FOX CUBS


Over the years I have fostered many fox cubs and these are amazing and very intelligent animals. I will quote but one case which resulted from a fire in a disused garage in Wolverhampton. The vixen had made her home there and had produced a litter there. Unfortunately the vixen and several cubs were killed in the fire but one lucky cub had been rescued by the mother and left nearby under a hedge. The cub was picked up by a local resident who then decided to try to look after it. After several days they found this to be too much. I arrived home from a business trip to be greeted by my wife who told me I had a present in the kitchen. When I saw the tiny fox cub I was very moved and determined to do my best to nurture it to adult hood. This was in the usual birth time for cubs at the end of March beginning of April so the poor little cub was quite cold so I got an electric blanket and placed it under a cardboard box and set the temperature to warm and left the cub in the warm with some old rags...





On the first night I left some grated cheese and apple in a saucer by the bed as well as some water and thought if the cub eats the food it will be on the road to recovery. Next day I was very pleased to see all the food had gone and the next stage was to worm the little creature and this was done very successfully after taking advice from my vet.. Following this the cub grew and grew and used to jump on the dining table and share my dinner with me. I made a large cat flap and at night she would go out to meet friends and in the day time she would sleep on my pillow in my bedroom. The children all played with her and her one bad habit was a love of chewing anything leather so several pairs of shoes had to be replaced as well as anything made from leather. At one time I had to make a 2 day trip to Scotland and I took her with me. She was still quite young then and when I stayed in the hotel I took the mattress off the bed so that she could get to me in the night, and put newspaper down on the floor in the bathroom as by then she had been trained to go to the toilet on newspaper. I fed her every 4 hours at that time with cooked minced beef which I had brought with me. Approximately every four hours if I forgot she would jump on my bed to remind me it was time for another feed. In the morning I picked up the newspaper and put it in my case and took it downstairs and into a bin outside the hotel. I also took my case with the fox cub and left her in the car while I had breakfast. After breakfast I had saved some sausage and bacon and wrapped it up in some tissue and took it to the car for her. I put the bed back together and all was shipshape so that I thought nobody would have known there had been a “wild” guest at this hotel for the first time. However when I checked out from the resident hotel dog took an unusually keen interest in my room!!!