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Fox Rescue and Rehabilitation

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Foxes are one of Oklahoma’s most interesting animals. They are predators of native animals and livestock and carry a lot of diseases such as mange and hydatids. Foxes are responsible for the rapid decline in small mammal’s production. Fox is a very active and sharp animal that hunts the prey only for its strategies and sharpness. Foxes are highly mobile and they can easily travel up to 10 km per night and most of the time they hunt their prey at night. Their population is very strong in Oklahoma. The reproduction rate is the fox is very high as they mark their boundaries and would not allow any other fox or other species to stay there.

So if you are living in Oklahoma and find an injured or orphan fox then first of all confirm that if the fox needs your help or not because sometimes their mothers are around and searching for food. So your main goal should be to release the wild fox into its natural habitat. So, if you find an injured or orphan fox then you should follow the following instructions.

Instructions for the rehabilitation

  • You need to provide a quiet place to the fox
  • Never raise a young or child alone. There should always be the company for it.
  • Reuniting before the rehabilitation is very important because in this way you can care more.
  • You must put recycled furs or soft t-shirts or clothes for the pups.
  • If the eyes are closed and it gets hungry then contact a nearby veterinarian.
  • Provide them the heat by putting heat pads around them. Feed them after 3-4 hours a day.
  • Give them the proper natural environment so that they can cure themselves accordingly.
  • Always check their ability of hunting before you release them.

Treatment:

First of all, you need to put gloves on your hands. Sometimes they attack those people who come near to them. When you find an injured fox then you need to contact a veterinarian. He should give the proper treatment to it and if you are unable to contact a doctor then you must give it first aid. CSV vaccinates for deworms and, distemper before you move it to the outdoor enclosure. You can paint a small portion of its ear so that you can identify it later. Foxes are very hard to handle as they are under stress so, please anesthetize the animal after the consultation of a veterinarian. You can handle the young juveniles with a muzzle-by a scruff and between the ears to avoid them from torturing around. Young juveniles have been seen with fractures, head trauma, internal trauma, sickness, etc. so after the treatment, keep on checking their body weight and temperature that will tell you their progress.

Housing and feeding:

Babies and adult juveniles need a ventilated and warm that is free from human sounds. Always try to keep the human contact minimum to them. Only go near the adults when you are cleaning or feeding. If it’s a baby then you should put it into the Rubbermaid bin with a heating pad, recycled fur, and soft bedding. And never start any formula before hydrating the animal. You can feed the formula according to its weight and give that formula very slowly because they take time to adopt the new thing. For the formula, you can consult your veterinarian. You can use the bottle that has a nipple on it and feet the baby. As it becomes older than you need to enlarge the enclosure and put some branches of trees, leaf litter, hay, and stuffed canine-type animals. As they can move, feed them that stuff that they can chew like, meat and soft fruits. You can also give them the Gerber baby food or soup. When you see that they are adults now and are adopting the things easily then you need to shift them into a small building having a natural environment for them. You should offer them the meet and other foods. You can also offer those chopped mice, ground rabbit, and banana as well.

We all know that use of live food is not an easy thing, but we need to teach these animals as much as we can before we release them into the wild. You should offer them live mice, live quail, and rats to check their hunting skills. Adult juveniles must be live hunted at least four times per week before you release them. You can use den boxes and ground enclosures for them and change them as they grow old. You should place water source, large rocks, den and tons of plants and trees for them.

Release:

When you observe that they don’t need any medical treatment and can hunt then they are ready to release. Always release in that area where there is enough vegetation and rocks. Release them in two to three miles of area where they were found.

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