WEYMOUTH, Mass. - Two young foxes rescued from a well in Hingham are recovering at New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth.
The baby red foxes, or kits, are believed to be four months old and were found in the bottom of the well Thursday along with their siblings who did not survive.
A homeowner notified authorities a mother fox had been nearby with babies. Hingham firefighters climbed down and rescued the animals, handing the surviving kits to Animal Control Officer Leslie Badger, who took them to the wildlife hospital.
The animals are receiving fluids and supportive care at the hospital to treat dehydration. Veterinarians’ exams determined the foxes are otherwise healthy.
The mother fox was not found, but experts are confident the mother did not voluntarily leave her babies behind.
“We were delighted at the condition of the fox kits,” New England Wildlife Center Executive Director Katrina Bergman told Boston 25 News. “They’re dehydrated, they’re thin... But we are cautiously optimistic.”
Further diagnostic testing will determine whether the animals need more extensive treatment.
The goal is eventually to unite the siblings with foxes currently being cared for by their partner, the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable.
“One of the folks we work with has other foxes,” Bergman said. “So we’ll try to combine them into one working, sort of adolescent unit, and they’ll all learn how to be foxes together. And then the goal will be release back into the wild.”
Red foxes are common in the area but, as coyote numbers increase, the number of red foxes dwindle.
Coyotes compete for food and often kill the smaller animals.
The New England Wildlife Center is currently caring for double the number of animals the hospital typically takes in. The upcoming summer season is a critical time for wildlife, and the Cape Wildlife Center is struggling to keep its doors open.
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