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HOLLY. Falmouth. August 19th.

Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin Sat, January 28, 2017 11:07:10
There had been several reports made of a fox cub with mange spotted at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth. It was taking advantage of discarded food from beach visitors. The beach lifeguards were very concerned, also local residents and hunt monitors became involved in the hope of catching the cub but it proved very elusive and even avoided capture by the RSPCA. There was nowhere to safely set a trap, as in a very public area, so a successful outcome seemed as elusive as the fox itself! But never underestimate a determined lifeguard! When the phone call came from the beach that foxy had reappeared, we asked if someone could try throwing a towel or blanket over the cub and bundling it into a box or similair to contain it. We wouldn't normally ask this but by the time we could arrive on scene the fox could well have disappeared again. Bless her heart, the lifeguard did just that and we arrived to find foxy safely caught in a bucket with another on top as a lid, held down by a chair and secured with a strap. Brilliant! We simply tipped the bucket into the carry cage then foxy was safely contained. Poor foxy was in a miserable condition, the mange had caused a lot of hair loss and skin damage where foxy had been scatching but a trip to the vets on the way home meant treatment started immediately. At only about 5/6 months old, the cub had probably been suffering for most of her short life and we were very pleased to have the opportunity to help relieve this unpleaseant condition.Little Holly was a very prickly character, although eating well and quickly improving skin condition she was obviously stressed at being captive. She needed to have a repeat treatment for the mange after two weeks in care and also wormed but then was returned and released near to the beach at Falmouth. She looked much better and her new coat was starting to grow, it would improve quicker out in the natural enviroment. We released her late at night to give her the chance to get her bearings while it was quiet with less human activity.

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