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Orphaned fox cub ‘thriving’ and set to be released into the wild

PUBLISHED: 13:50 19 June 2017

Dereka in her pre-release pen at Secret World.

Dereka in her pre-release pen at Secret World.

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An orphaned fox cub which was rescued by a construction company’s employee during Easter weekend is due to be released back into the wild.

Bob Howells, an electrical supervisor for Sanska, discovered the three-week-old fox cub alone in a hedge while working in Bristol.

He called the cub Derek and waited to see if its mother would return, but when she did not Skanska’s environmental advisor Rachel Quinn took it to Secret World Wildlife Rescue, in East Huntspill.

The team discovered Derek is female and re-named the cub Dereka, and she is now thriving. Laura Benfield, head of animal care services at Secret World, said: “Dereka has gone from strength to strength these past few weeks and we have put her with three other orphaned cubs of a similar age. The four of them have hit it off straight away and love spending their days playing together.

“We will release them as a group later this summer once we have found them a suitable habitat.”

MORE: Watch Secret World release seven orphaned fox cubs into the wild.

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