Rescued ‘kitten’ is keeping a sly secret
Family find abandoned animal is actually a fox cub
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