Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

Fox Kits Released Back into the Wild after Recovering from Mange
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Dr. Rappaport administering an emergency blood transfusion

This summer WRC admitted three Red Fox kits that were from different litters, but were roughly the same age. They were each missing fur and had large patches of scabby skin indicative of mange.

Fox kits develop complex social dynamics within their litters. When placed in a shared enclosure, the trio immediately began the process of finding theirs. Senior CVT Ashley Holte noticed how the strongest of the three was very protective of his new friends, and would stand guard when staff came into the room. It didn't take long before these three were inseparable.
We can cure mange, but the treatment is intensive.

Mange depletes the body so severely that animals with advanced cases are literally starving to death. This leads to life-threatening anemia, requiring emergency blood transfusions. Thankfully, we were able to find blood matches in some unsung K-9 heroes! Nessie and Hank, two beloved staff pets, provided donor blood that allowed the kits to recover.

After several weeks of playing, eating and healing, the three young foxes was released together in a wide-open meadow. Their shared bond was on full display when the first one to leave the carrier patiently waited for his nervous friends to follow. All three bounded away together into their new life.

We currently have another group of mangy kits fighting hard for their lives in our care. Will you sponsor their medical care?

Compassion in Action - Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Phil Jenni: We are an emergency hospital for injured wild animals. We have five full time veterinarians on staff. So that means that every single animal, even if it's a baby mouse, will be examined by a vet who's also skilled in wildlife medicine. Then that animal, if it survives that exam, then it goes back into one of our wards. And in those wards, we have volunteer crews who come in and clean cages for the animals, do basic husbandry. And then the animal can be with us from a couple of days to six months.

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