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Abandoned / orphaned fox cubs

During the spring and early summer we have to deal with a lot of enquiries about fox
cubs where people have found them and believe that that they have been abandoned
or orphaned.

From the age of around four weeks it is actually a normal part of the cub's growing up
process to spend its days alone wandering about above ground. Therefore if you find a
cub it is quite likely that it is not abandoned and that its parents or close relatives are
not too far away.

If you find a lone fox cub please follow this advice before handling or removing it -

If the fox cub is uninjured and in a safe spot (e.g. not in danger from traffic) then
leave it alone. Check back after 24 hours to confirm that its been taken away by its
If the cub is in danger (e.g. very exposed or at the roadside) and uninjured move it to a
sheltered safe spot nearby handling it as little as possible. Check back at that spot 24
hours later and it will probably have been taken to safety by its parents. If it is an
older cub with its eyes open and it still there after 24 hours it is usually still better to
leave it in the wild but please contact us for advice. If the cub is obviously sick,
injured or distressed please contact us for advice
In an emergency if you must remove the cub from the area then handle it as little as
possible and make a note of the exact location where you found it and contact us for
It is essential that you do not try to rear or care for the fox cub yourself –
Foxes who become used to humans do not survive well once released back in to the
Foxes do not make good pets as they will retain some of their wild habits and we are
often contacted by people who have reared cubs that they have found only to find that
they cannot cope with the adult fox. By this time it is too late to be able to rehabilitate
this animal for release to the wild as it will not have developed its survival and
hunting skills so is destined to a future in captivity at a wildlife centre.

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