A litter of seven tiny baby foxes are being cared for by a wildlife center after they were found abandoned in a cardboard box next to a clothing donation bin in Pennsylvania.
The newborn fox cubs were found by a local woman who was passing through a car park and noticed the box placed next to a clothing donation bin.
When she peeped inside the box, the unidentified woman saw seven newborn foxes — believed to be about ten days old — huddled together. (Scroll through for the images and the video.)
The babies were taken to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center in Stroudsbury, which is now caring for them.
Katherine Uhler, director of the wildlife center, said the cubs — five males and two females — were healthy, though all were dehydrated when they arrived. She said:
They came in at about six ounces each.
There are five males, also known as dogs, and two girls known as vixens.
We know they’re red foxes because even though they’re not red yet, they still have this little white tail.
The wildlife center is spending more than $1,000 looking after the fox cubs, who are being bottle-fed a special “fox milk” and formula.
Ms. Uhler added:
We had to give them rabies vaccinations and feed them fox milk.
We gave them Pedialyte fluids first then mixed a quart of Fox Valley formula which is designed specifically for baby wild foxes.
We bottle feed them until they are a little bigger, then they’ll start feeding out of the bowl.
When they’re finished feeding out of the bowl then we’ll start feeding them what they eat in the wild which is meat, and some vegetables and fruits.
The experts expect the foxes to be returned back to the wild in July.
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