Apr. 4th, 2011

Fox kit!

Apr. 4th, 2011 11:28 pm
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On Friday, I got a call about an abandoned red fox kit. When I picked her up, I was about 80% sure that she wasn't going to make it - she was severely dehydrated and emaciated, to the point where you could feel every bone in her body. Animals that show anything above 15% dehydration are most likely going to die.

But, I had to try. I couldn't give up on her, especially when she fought so hard to live after she lost her parents. Over the course of the next 48 hours, I've pumped 100 ccs of lactated ringers solution into her body, tube-fed her some raccoon milk (high protein, high fat) and kept her as warm and comfortable as possible. On Friday and Saturday, she was very limp and lethargic. But I kept giving her subq fluids and forced her to eat 5 ccs of milk every couple of hours (not a lot, because I didn't want to overload her system). This morning, I woke up at 6 a.m. to the sounds of the little fox crying. I went in the kitchen expecting to see her in pain or dying. To my delight, she was sitting up, fully alert, and crying because she was lonely. It was the best reason to wake up - an animal whom you thought had no chance is physically feeling better!

We're not out of the woods yet - she's still dehydrated and emaciated. Now she's lapping up milk on her own (about 40 ccs at each feeding!) and has gained about 50 grams, so there's hope. She has some issues with her back legs, but I'm not sure if that's due to her body shutting down from dehydration/emaciation, a neurological disorder, or because she's a baby and young animals aren't very coordinated. Time will tell.

I've been concentrating so much on keeping her alive that I haven't even thought about her long-term plans - I either need to give her to a rehabber who already has a fox, or I need to steal someone else's fox kit so she can have a friend. Thankfully, I've still got a little while before I have to do that - I have to make sure she's stable and healthy before then.

Here are some pictures and videos of her (you're welcome, Patti!).



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