While helping clean a local garden in the community, Craig Mcgettrick noticed something unusual...
A litter of puppies were sitting in the garden - without a mother in sight! Craig and his friend Beccie placed the puppies in a cardboard box and brought them to a rescue facility in the area called Freshfields Animal Rescue. To seek help for the puppies, the two even put photos on Facebook.
The photos on Facebook began to spread quickly, and then a notification came that changed things...
The founder of the National Fox Welfare Society, Martin Hemmington, explained that these puppies were not puppies at all - they were fox cubs!
Hemmington posted on a later Facebook post that:
“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.”
People were still a bit confused as to why the cubs were all alone. Hemmington's expertise shed light on the subject. He explained:
“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”
The fox cubs needed their mother, and Hemmington stepped in to help bring the family back together.
“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,” Hemmington said.
“I put them around the same place they were found, as I knew the mum would be looking for them, and she’d be checking the place she last had them.”
He went on to say, “I believe once she’d picked the first one up and knew the others were safe in the box, she waited until it got dark to get the rest as she must not have felt safe moving the cubs in daylight.”
The cubs were back with their mother by the end of the night, thanks to all of the people that helped in the situation. Such an unusual mistake fixed right away!