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Fox cubs rescued by volunteers during lockdown

Fox cubs rescued by volunteers during lockdown

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:00am 2nd May 2020.

Although closed to the public, Feadon Wildlife Centre in Portreath, on the north Cornwall coast, has been busy during this time of confinement dealing with an influx of foxes in need of help. 

The latest rescue was a pair of fox cubs - a male and a female - who were found by a local farmer, crying outside their den.

Around two weeks old, it was apparent the cubs had been without food or milk for a few days, with their mother thought to have been frightened away by dogs.

The male cub was picked up and brought to Feadon Wildlife Centre but the other one went to ground.

Whilst volunteers was at the vets organising milk powder for the first cub, the second cub was captured, with both ending up together in the care of Feadon Wildlife Centre.

Part of the Landal Gwel an Mor resort, Feadon Wildlife Centre is a non-for-profit part of the business who are currently only open to NHS workers staying onsite.

However, the Feadon Wildlife Centre resident animals still need feeding, exercising, and nursing so the dedicated team of staff are now volunteering to continue their exceptional level of care for the animals round the clock.

Headed up by Gary Zammit, he is often the first call for people who discover animals in distress, which continues when the world is in lockdown, with the team recently being involved in a flurry of fox rescues - three missions in the last three months. 

With the young foxes needing feeding every three hours, day and night, Gary’s dedication has meant these cubs have a chance of survival and they are both now strong and thriving.

Due to the constant feeding to build them up to good health, and level of handling needed, they have now been imprinted on humans and unlikely to survive in the wild so the cubs will become residents at Feadon Wildlife Centre, joining the other foxes. 

Fox cubs portreath

OTHER RESCUES 

In March Feadon Wildlife Centre was contacted by a local vet who had taken a call from a concerned member of the public who had found an abandoned fox cub at the bottom of a steep sand dune.

The female cub was disorientated, hungry, and had an unexplained tilt to her head and it wasn’t clear how old she was or what her back story was.

Again, this fox was nursed by Gary day and night, with her head issue correcting as her strength grew.

It is hoped that this fox has the chance to be released back into the wild as she is exhibiting the wild traits she would need to survive.

After being contacted by a past visitor with this story, the fox was named Elisabeth in honour of a fox admirer who had made some precious memories visiting the foxes at the centre with her family, who sadly passed away on New Year’s Eve. 

“Here at the farm we have had a flurry of foxes. My favourite recent story being Elisabeth, a young fox cub found on a beach with head trauma. The outcome did not look good but after some TLC and treatment from our vet she has made a full recovery and is in now in a release scheme with another orphan”. 

             Gary Zammit, Head Rescue Volunteer, Feadon Wildlife Centre

Back in February, Margo, the American Red fox arrived at Feadon Wildlife Centre to be rehomed after living as a pet with a change in circumstances meaning her owner could no longer keep her.

Usually bred for the fur industry in many European countries, this striking fox soon settled into life at the farm, happily playing with the team's dogs.

Fox cubs portreath

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE FOX CUBS?

The new foxes will hopefully soon be joining Feadon Wildlife Centre’s existing fox family - Todd, Meadow, and Mavis, all tame rescue foxes who weren’t able to be released back into the wild.

Feadon Wildlife Centre is home to a whole host of rescue animals with meeting the tame, rescue foxes who live there, the highlight for many visitors on their guided ranger walks.

Each of the rescue animals at the centre plays an invaluable role in educating the visitors they meet on the conservation of British wildlife.

The hope is that shortly Margo and the cubs once settled in will join the other foxes in their dedicated space and eventually meet visitors, then they too will help tell an important story of how we can support nature rather than destroy it.

FINANCIAL WORRIES FOR THE RESCUE CENTRE 

Like many businesses and charities, Feadon Wildlife Centre are currently struggling without an income to cover the costs of food, medicine, maintenance and general care since having to close their doors to the public.

Animal lovers can show support for Feadon Wildlife Centre and the work they do by buying an animal adoption pack with all proceeds going directly to the centre to help feed and care for the rescues. 

Feadon Wildlife Centre is a non-profit wildlife and conservation centre created to connect people with the nature that surrounds them and is an integral part of the multi-award-winning Landal Gwel an Mor Resort. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, the centre focuses on British wildlife education and conservation through ranger-led guided experiences where children and adults can get close –up and hands-on with a range of animals.  

HOW TO SUPPORT THE WILDLIFE CENTRE 

To support Feadon Wildlife Centre, visit: https://gwelanmor.giftpro.co.uk/category/wildlife-centre/

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