Fortunately the people who found him knew how to handle wildlife. They tried to help the little fox find his den, and looked for other foxes in the area. But when it became clear that the lost baby was totally alone, they bundled the frightened fox up and brought him to Lindsay.
"Such a small baby fox couldn't possibly survive alone in the wild without his parents," Dr. Guthrum Purdin, veterinary director for the center, said in a statement. "I'm grateful someone found him and brought him to the wildlife hospital for care. It was his only chance for survival."
And help came just in time. At just 4 weeks old, he was dehydrated and underweight.
"He was very thin so it was quite probable he had been without mom for a minimum of a few days," said Kathy Jones, a volunteer who raised the tiny fox. "He had a 25 percent increase in his body weight after just one week in my care!"
But Jones and the staff at Lindsay knew what to do. Over the next several months, the little fox was fed and cared for, growing up in the protection of Jones' home - though Jones stayed out of his sight as much as possible so he wouldn't become accustomed to humans.
Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital