Meet one of three new Red Fox kits in our care. (An update on the other kit with the fractured legs is at the end of this post - we know you're wondering how he's doing!)
Our favorite coincidence of the week: the clients who rescued this kit and her siblings live in St. Francis - named after the patron saint of animals.
The home owners had seen the mom fox, and only mom, coming and going from the culvert for awhile so they suspected there were kits in it. When the flooding o...ccurred last week on those warm days before the blizzard, they went down to check on the kits (they hadn't seen the mom around that day) and found that one had drowned but the other three had managed to climb the sides of the ditch. They were soaking wet and shivering.
They left the kits for several hours hoping mom would come back (for which we're so thankful) but when nightfall came they scooped up the kits and brought them inside, knowing temps were forecasted to be in the 20s overnight. (again, they handled the situation just perfectly)
They warmed up the kits and cared for them until they learned about us, then drove them all the way to our center.
We're happy to say all three kits are doing well. The two larger male kits are eating solid foods, this smaller female kit is still receiving formula supplement, which she's enjoying in this video.
Many thanks to the clients for their compassion and thoughtful approach to rescuing these kits.
The other Red Fox kit from Rochester (the one with the fractured rear legs) is slowly healing. We're still very concerned about the fractures healing well. The more complicated pinned femur bone actually appear to be knitting better than the tibia - not what we were expecting but in wildlife medicine it's hard to predict these things. We removed the pins and will know more in the next week or so as the bones and muscles continue to heal. Today we moved this kit into the room with the three new fox kits (they're in separate housing).
On the way from cottage grove they saw a momma duck get hit by a car, they got out and grabbed the 8 baby ducklings and brought them too.
The staff made my 6 year old feel so very proud for saving these animal, he's got a permanent smile on his face which is amazing cause he was in tears over the momma duck getting hit.
This place is amazing
Thank you for what you do!