We all know the story of the Fox and the Hound, a baby fox loses his mother from being hunted by a human, and the orphan fox is then taken in by a sweet elderly woman. The cub then becomes best friends with the neighboring hound, they are inseparable. Unfortunately, the fox and the hound’s owners do not get along and this put great strain on the relationship between the furry pals. As they age, the fox and the hound grow apart, only to then get back together and live happily ever after. Well earlier last month, in Bexhill, England, there was an event that occurred which could rival the classic childhood tale, let it be called The Fox and the Human(s).
A baby fox cub accidentally slipped into a drainpipe, where it lay trapped for hours upon hours with no food or water to sustain its young life. And then a good soul decided to contact the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service, about the creature in peril. The wildlife rescue responded immediately and within in minutes were on the scene doing everything in their power to save the adorable little fox. To the surprise of rescue workers, they were paid a little visit by a close relative. The mother fox came to the scene and kept watch over the rescue of her baby. “We were amazed that the vixen turned up whilst we were trying to find the cub. It was almost as if she knew we were trying to rescue her cub.” Chris Riddington, the organization’s rescue manager, recalled.
But there was no going down the drain for any workers. The cub was down so far in the pipe that it could be heard but not seen by any means. And because the baby fox was so deep, rescuers waited until the cub came the top on his own time, then they would pull him out. “I laid down on the ground with my arm down in the hole. Suddenly I could feel the cub touching my hand, twice he reversed into my hand by not far enough to grab hold. On the third occasion I was able to grab his tail and gently lift him out of the drain,” the organization’s founder, Trevor Weeks, remembered.
Eventually the baby fox climbed up to Weeks’ hand and he was able to grab him and pull him out to safety. “Within minutes of us returning, mum appeared and walked straight over to a pet carrier which we had placed the cub in. As soon as the cub realized mum was there he was so excited and desperately wanted to get out the carrier. With some help from mum he managed to climb out and mum escorted him back home again. It was unbelievably emotional for all of us,” Riddington said of the event. That occasion had been the third one in three days that the wildlife rescue saved a baby fox from peril. And all of this just goes to show, not all humans look at animals as hunting material.