Of all of the patients we see here at Wildlife Aid, foxes seem to find themselves in the strangest situations!
Brought in by RSPCA Inspector, Liz, this poor fox had had an unfortunate accident whilst trying to jump a gate. Amazingly, despite how it looks the leg was not broken or dislocated, but the poor vixen had a deep puncture injury to her leg and needed treatment.
With the fox under anaesthesia, the wound was cleaned and debrided before starting treatment. Using anti-bacterial gels and a combination of different bandages, her wound was slowly closed through the process of 'second intention' (the formation of new skin).
Although the wound was not too complex to fix, she also required gentle physiotherapy to ensure full use of the leg remained after such an injury.
Amazingly, after a few weeks of treatment, she made a full recovery! Once our vet and rehab teams were sure she was back to 100% fitness, she was returned to the wild to, finally, get her second chance.