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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Larry Olsen
Larry Olsen1 years ago

Yes, please keep us posted on the little guy's progress.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W1 years ago

great article, keep us updated on the little fellow, get better quickly little one,

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W1 years ago

He is not dead he is still at shelter recuperating, there is a photo of him on Facebook. Great article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Stacey M.
Stacey M3 years ago

Come on! What happened to the fox??

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

Waheeda S.
Waheeda S3 years ago

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

Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

thnx for this

Stacey M.
Stacey M4 years ago

Please post what happened to the fox.

Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

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.