A young fox cub was found near the grounds of a factory in Oldham, England. She was named after the color of her fear — Red. Here’s a picture of Red as she was found, lying on her side, unmoving, not even able to be coaxed to move with food.
Because the people who found her had no idea what to do, they called Paul McDonald, a fox specialist who lives in Liverpool and works with Freshfields Animal Rescue. Paul knew that these types of situations don’t normally turn out very well, but he had hope that little Red could pull through. He contacted a friend of his, a veterinarian at Parker Crowther Vets.
He told his friend that he didn’t expect Red to live, but that he wanted to see if anything could be done for her to make the last moments of her life more comfortable. Paul’s vet friend discovered that contrary to Paul’s initial guess, Red’s breathing and heart rate was fine.
She was mostly suffering from dehydration and a low body temperature. The young fox was put on an IV drip and given antibiotics. After a few more nights at the clinic, Red was taken to Freshfields Animal Rescue. She was still to weak to fully stand up and walk, but she could move slowly.
Paul had to feed the little fox with a syringe! One night, though, he went in to see her and found her standing on her own. It brought tears to Paul’s eyes. Soon Red started to walk on her own, and eventually she’ll be living independently again! What an amazing recovery!