Caught in a Dustbin!

Updated 1 month ago
Rescue - 12th February, 2024
Rehabilitation - 13th February, 2024


Meet "Dusty"! Nicknamed because, well, she was caught in a dustbin... a wheelie bin to be exact! Yes, really! As you can tell, she's pretty embarrassed about the whole ordeal...

Reported to us after she was spotted wandering aimlessly and displaying unusual behaviour (including willingly walking into a wheelie bin), Dusty, at the time, was our 79th fox rescue of the year, but we can't really claim her as "our rescue", as it was the quick-thinking caller who conjured up this unorthodox capture method, and even transferred Dusty to us... in the bin!


On assessment, she is in pretty good nick, but was a little weak on her rear legs, and carrying a few unwelcome passengers. We suspected she could have one of the many (and we mean many) internal parasites or viruses that can affect our beautiful red foxes.

With additional testing carried out, Dusty was diagnosed with lungworm and as a result, associated pneumonia. She is currently in good spirits though and regularly pops her head out to see what's going on. She has been started on antibiotics and anti-parasitic medication, and we hope to see her back out in the wild soon.


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