Spring 2014

posted 24 Mar 2014, 08:46 by Debbie Johnson   [ updated 27 Mar 2014, 11:07 ]
Spring started on the 6th March with our first admission of 3 fox cubs found under a shed that had been dismantled. they were all about 24 hours old but very healthy. 2 girls and a boy all weighing around 96g they were very small. with 2 hourly syringe feeds they took to the milk quite well but day 4 and little boy suddenly went very quiet and floppy in the middle of the night, it looked like he had a touch of bloat. i quickly swapped his milk feed to boiled water and fennel tea and some infacol. this was administered every hour a couple of mls at a time. this seemed to calm the situation but he was not right. Chris kindly offered to take him for me and continue the treatment. A day later he was a little better so that evening we reintroduced the milk slowly. Day by day he ahs got stronger again and is now much better, but it certainly gives you ascare when that happens. Chris did a brilliant job. He now weighs 310g and is back with his sisters, but he is always going to be the little one.
On 20th March we had a call from a lady in Chatham, who had found 8 cubs under her shed, mum had not been seen for days so she picked them up and put them in a carrier and tried to get help. she rang a number of places but they could not help then found us on the internet. as mum had not been seen and the cubs had already been picked up i had no option but to go and get them. so we now have eleven. The eight from Chatham are about a week older as their eyes are all open, apart from one who had a sticky eye. At time of writing all doing very well.
First cubs of 2014

Debbie Johnson,
27 Mar 2014, 11:07