Res­cued ‘kit­ten’ is keep­ing a sly se­cret

Fam­ily find aban­doned an­i­mal is ac­tu­ally a fox cub

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HAYES fam­ily dis­cov­ered an or­phan kit­ten and took it to a vet to be cared for – only to find out it was ac­tu­ally a fox cub!

The sur­prised fam­ily made the dis­cov­ery at the bot­tom of their gar­den and took the ‘kit­ten’ to Goddard Ve­teri­nary Group, in Hayes End, on Fri­day, March 18.

The tiny an­i­mal’s lit­ter were found dead close by with no sign of a mother, so the fam­ily had been try­ing to hand rear it but wanted some ad­vice from vet Hazel Lee.

When the vet ex­am­ined the ‘kit­ten’ and dis­cov­ered that it was, in fact, a fe­male fox cub, Hazel in­formed the fam­ily and con­tacted Patsy Tay­lor, a Lon­don­based ex­pert in fox res­cue.

Ms Lee, said: “The cub is very tiny and was born prob­a­bly only three or four days ago.

“Be­cause her lit­ter mate was al­ready dead, it’s pos­si­ble that her mother had ei­ther de­serted the nest or been killed.

“We thor­oughly en­joyed hav­ing her – she tucked into ev­ery bot­tle of milk we gave her and seemed no worse for her or­deal. Patsy is very ex­pe­ri­enced in rear­ing young fox cubs, so we hope the cub will soon get over this tough start and will be able to live a nat­u­ral life in the wild when she is a bit older.”

The fox res­cue ex­pert has now col­lected the cub and will rear her in spe­cial­ist con­di­tions with as lit­tle con­tact with hu­mans as pos­si­ble.

Ms Tay­lor in­tends to re­lease her back into the wild when she is old enough.

Ms Lee con­tin­ued: “In her case, the fam­ily was right to bring her to us but, with spring now here, there will be lots of baby an­i­mals and birds around us.

“Gen­er­ally, our ad­vice is not to ap­proach them and to leave well alone as their mother may well be close by and could be scared off by hu­mans.

“Ob­vi­ously if you see an an­i­mal which is clearly in­jured or in dis­tress, the best thing to do is to call us or the RSPCA for ad­vice.”

Goddard Ve­teri­nary Group Hayes End is based at 1334 to 1336 Uxbridge Road and can be con­tacted on 020 8561 2123.

It is part of the Goddard Ve­teri­nary Group, which has been pro­vid­ing ve­teri­nary care for an­i­mals across Greater Lon­don for 60 years through its net­work of 46 branches and three ve­teri­nary hospi­tals. A VERY happy birth­day to Mary Lit­tle, who cel­e­brated her 103rd birth­day at Clare House Nurs­ing Home on Wed­nes­day, March 16.

Amy Aubrey, Ac­tiv­i­ties Co-or­di­na­tor at the Bupa Clare House Nurs­ing Home, Uxbridge, said: “Mary has been at Clare House for 3 years and is “blos­som­ing” due to ex­cel­lent care!

“But at 103 Mary is some­what of a young­ster at Clare House, as we also have 105 and 107 year old res­i­dents. Mary en­joys all the en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties, and al­ways in­sists on be­ing well dressed, hair done and wear­ing jew­ellery.”

n FAN­TAS­TIC FOX: The fox cub and (right) with trainee ve­teri­nary nurse Kelly Plum­mer

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