Often, things are not what they seem. This couldn’t be more true with what happened to a man by the name of Craig McGettrick.
Craig was doing some work at a local garden when he found what he assumed was a litter of puppies. Being the kind person Craig is, he took them into his home to care for them as the mom was nowhere to be found. But little did he know he didn’t find a litter of puppies.
When Craig got him, he asked his friend Beccie to come over and help. The two grabbed some cardboard and blankets to make a temporary crate to carry them in.
Before they put them in the car, they took some photos to put on Facebook if someone wanted to claim them. Then it was off to the rescue to drop them off so they could better care for them.
Surprise, surprise, those aren’t puppies or kittens!
When talking to reporters from The Dodo, he said he believed they were either a litter of puppies or kittens. He said:
Those were probably the only two options I knew of. We thought someone had dumped them knowing we were going to remove the rubbish.
Days had passed, and the puppies still went unclaimed on social media. However, they did have an interesting conversation that came from the National Fox Welfare Authority. The information took them by surprise.
Craig did not find a litter of puppies nor kittens. Rather he had found newborn fox cubs. But just to make sure, the organization asked for additional photos. These would help them confirm 100% they were indeed foxes. A few more photos were sent, and to no one’s surprise, it confirmed they were foxes.
The founder of the National Fox Welfare Authority posted on Facebook:
We were contacted by a lovely lady called Beccie through our Facebook Page; Beccie had sent a few photos asking if the babies in the photos were indeed fox cubs. We confirmed they certainly were. Beccie advised us that they had been taken to a rescue center in Liverpool mistakenly as puppies, not fox cubs.
Paul McDonald from an Animal Rescue organization also weighed in when talking to The Dodo. He said:
Fox cubs don’t initially look like foxes when they are cubs. It’s common for people to mistake them for dog puppies. They are brown in color as opposed to the red, ginger color of adults.
Vixens leave their cubs all the time whilst they are in the den, and as they get older they’ll begin to explore their surroundings more and more, and become less dependent on mum as they get older.
Happy ending and a heartwarming story, after all
Understanding no one should keep these foxes, they had to return them where they found them and wait for the mom to come back to take care of them.
Paul took it upon himself to help with their safe return, explaining:
I didn’t give the cubs any milk in order for them to be hungry, so they’d cry out and call for their mum, which they did. And I put them around the same place they were found. I knew the mum would be looking for them, and she’d be checking the place she last had them.
He talked about his excitement of the happy ending, saying:
It made me feel ecstatic that the cubs went back to their mom. It would have been a tragedy not only for the cubs not being brought up by their own mother but for the mother to lose her cubs. Without a doubt, this is the best kind of rescue in my line of work when nature is allowed to take its own course.
Everyone involved can now rest easy knowing these cubs are where they are meant to be, with their mom.