Many people are unaware of all the wildlife we see on a daily basis. Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program has saved hundreds of wildlife this year but recently, we had a special case.
Concerned citizens had seen this fox limping and reported it to Animal Control. Our officers made an initial attempt to catch him but were unsuccessful. Someone had seen the fox again and this time, reported it not putting any weight on its front leg. Finally, officers were able to get him cornered and captured.
He was taken to Van Loon Animal Hospital to get x-rays and examined. The elbow was bleeding but not infected. No fractures anywhere on the leg, foot, or toes. All great news! Upon cleaning the elbow wound they discovered a few partially healed puncture holes. It was assumed that the fox had been in a fight with either another fox, coyote, or even a dog. He had punctures on his leg and abdomen as well but none seemed to be of major concern.The wonderful vet techs at Van Loon cleaned him up and gave antibiotics. We monitored him and had him rechecked by the vet. After some TLC and a course of antibiotics, officers were able to release the fox back to his natural habitat.