Fox in Need
by Peter Hanscomb
GG the young fox needs help. GG has been spotted in our back garden for the past few nights on our cctv and the young chap has a really bad case of Sarcoptic mange , sarcoptes scabeii also called fox mange the single most common infection in British foxes. ( more information )
If untreated GG’s prospects aren’t good , typically most foxes will die within 2-3 months , and it’s a slow painful end. After a lot of phone calls today , my wife Anne has managed to borrow and Fox trap. So the plan is to set up the trap in the back garden ,baited with a tasty lump of chicken and wait , hopefully trap GG and then off to the vets. If we can catch GG in time , there is a really good chance of a full recovery , only time will tell ?
Update 26th July
Our little visitor GG isn’t to sure about our new garden feature , the cage and has been giving it a wide berth. Not great news , however last night he had a little look with two of his hog friends . I guess safety in numbers ?
Update 1st August
GG has been in and around the garden for the past few nights , still no nearer to catching him in the trap , however we have managed to feed him 4 antibiotic tablets over the last two nights hidden in cheese lumps . Definitely a step in the right direction.
Update 5th August
GG has now had 4 nights of antibiotics, the trap is still set but no luck catching him ….and he slept in the trap last night !!
Update 7th August
Another night of cheese wrapped antibiotics, GG’s getting a real taste for Canadian Cheddar cheese. He’s also getting brave , approaching to within a few metres of me . This can happen with badly infected foxes , they loose fear of humans but GG looks like he’s still got some fight in him . Still no closer to catching the little one but we are still trying. Latest picture not the best but you can still make out the mange at his rear end.
Update 12th August
GG had a sleepover last night in the garden. Still no luck trapping him but at last it looks like the tablets are having an effect. In general he looks a lot brighter and there is some improvement in his coat.
Update 14th August
so close and yet so far. GG triggered the trap last night, slammed shut but our quick little fox managed to leap clear. Still at least he’s now entering the trap . One step closer ?