"Fox cubs are very sociable animals and it's important that captive ones are not kept alone, as they can either become tame or get lonely from having no company. So it was a great relief to be able to give Red a friend in the form of Bruno," he said.
Now the two are thriving and pretty much run the rescue's fox unit together. McDonald said that, within the next few weeks, the two will get a "soft release."
That means Red and Bruno will be set free within an outdoor enclosure, given the opportunity to explore the sights and scents of the wild while within the safety of the pen. Meals will be provided for them for a few days until they gather their bearings and become comfortable enough to hunt on their own - and eventually, live on their own.