When a member of the public found a puppy about a week old on the streets of Hamilton, Scotland, they did the right thing and turned to the closest vet practice, the Julie Innes Veterinary Surgery.
The puppy, a female, was immediately cared for by the staff. However, while feeding her, they took a closer look and became doubtful that the tiny animal was a puppy at all. They called the Sottish SPCA, and Animal Rescue Officer Sian Robertson answered the call.
When he walked in, he could tell right away that the tiny ball of fluff was indeed not a puppy.
“When I arrived, I took one look at the little fluffy animal and knew she was a fox cub – and a very cute one at that!” he says. “The nurses had already wrapped her up so I took her up to our wildlife centre where she will be hand-reared with minimal human contact.”
Julie Innes says, “To be honest I didn’t immediately recognise it as a fox cub at first, but I did think it odd that such a young pup would be abandoned on the road! After warming her up the nurses started feeding her, and it was only then they started to suspect it might be a fox cub!
“None of us had seen such a young fox cub before, so we had to Google pictures to check. The SSPCA were called, and they came and took the cub to one of their specialist centres, so it had a happy ending. The nurses are still laughing at me for not realising straight away…”
The cub, named Husky, is being rehabilitated at the SSPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.
Sian says, “Husky will then be introduced to other fox cubs and will be released during summer in a carefully selected site with the land owner’s permission.”
Images by SSPCA.