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Baby Fox Rescued From Sewer May Not Make It

Baby Fox Rescued From Sewer May Not Make It

When a plaintive cry of a wild animal was heard from a sewer, firemen from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company in Harford County, Maryland were called last week and found a baby fox caught in a storm drain.  The men climbed down the sewer to rescue the little fellow they later named Pierce.

The rescuers tried releasing Pierce into the woods, but he just stood there and barely moved.  The men noticed Pierce walked with a limp and fearing he had injured his leg in the fall, the men brought him back to the firehouse.  It was late in the evening and local veterinarian offices were closed. Availing social media, the firemen used their Twitter and Facebook accounts to inquire about appropriate care for little Pierce.  The joke around the firehouse was if they got one million “likes,” they could keep the baby fox.

Nice try!

“I went to release him next to the woods, but he just kind of sat there. So we decided to pick him up and take him with us and try to contact some people,” volunteer fireman David Collins said. “Everybody started posting and using the Harford fire blog and it went from there. People started contacting us.”

Chadwell Animal Hospital gave the guys proper instructions on how to handle Pierce to avoid possible rabies and what to feed him.  The crew took Pierce there the following morning to get him checked out.  He was transferred to the Phoenix Wildlife Center and currently is being evaluated for possible hydrocephaly.

Phoenix’s Facebook page gives the following update on May 2:

Baby fox update: not good news
Sometimes baby foxes (like human babies) are born with hydrocephaly. This is a painful condition for the animal. The adult fox takes the infected baby, always in a rain storm, far away from her den and drops the baby. The baby cries, but not for the parent, but because it is in terrible pain. The baby fox is being evaluated for this terrible, congenital disease.

A special thanks goes out to all the firemen who assisted Pierce during his rescue and to both Chadwell Animal Hospital and Phoenix Wildlife Center.  While the final outcome of this sweet baby fox may not be a happy one, it is refreshing to hear about any person who goes to these sorts of lengths to rescue wildlife in trouble.

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8:16AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

thanks for sharing

4:43PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Come on! What happened to the fox??

3:56AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

2:07PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Please post an update on this little fox. (I'm hoping for good news!)

10:47AM PDT on May 23, 2013

thnx for this

10:09PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Please post what happened to the fox.

7:27PM PDT on May 21, 2013

I didn't see where the article stated that the little fox did not survive, only that he might not make it. I hope he did survive and I thank all who tried to help him.

11:53AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Lyn N. and Dianne M.: You obviously didn't read the part where they said that the "final outcome may not be a happy one... ." Nor did you seem to understand that he was probably DROPPED INTO THE SEWER BY HIS OWN MOTHER IN AN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT HIS LITTERMATES FROM HYDROCEPHALY!

9:07AM PDT on May 17, 2013

lets see if have this right....this cute lil kit was killed for fear of the firefighters catching rabies...and since they thought he might not live anyways. So the kit was good as dead when the guys found him....sounds not right to me. I'd feel,better if he was killed ONLY because of his degree of suffering...somethings a tad fishy.

6:36PM PDT on May 15, 2013

R.I.P. little guy!!

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