Secret World’s £15,000 fox cubs appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 June 2015

Fox cubs at Secret World. Photo by Philip Macmillan.

Fox cubs at Secret World. Photo by Philip Macmillan.

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A SOMERSET animal rescue charity is appealing for the public’s help to raise £15,000 to successfully release seven fox cubs back into the wild.

One of the cubs Secret World hopes to release. Photo by Colin Haygarth.One of the cubs Secret World hopes to release. Photo by Colin Haygarth.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue, in East Huntspill, is launching its Wild Futures appeal today (Thursday), in the hope of raising the money to rehabilitate and release the cubs by the end of August.

The seven cubs, named Ed, Piran, Demelza, Rufus, Rory, Reamus and Rueben, were taken in by Secret World during two rescue missions earlier this year.

Spokesman Nicola Round said: “Piran was found under a shed in Bristol with his umbilical cord was still attached. He was first taken to a cat rescue centre as his rescuer thought he was a kitten.

“The cubs were hand-reared on puppy milk before moving onto solid food following their rescue. This means it’s time to cut their contact with humans and prepare them for the wild, which takes time, space and nutritious food.

Volunteer Pete Blannin changing young foxes bedding.Volunteer Pete Blannin changing young foxes bedding.

“They now need to spend time in a grassy pre-release pen before being released back into the wild. A release site needs to be found and support feeding will then be given until the cubs no longer return for food.

“It’s a long and expensive process but it gives them the best chance of survival.”

Volunteer Pete Blannin, aged 49, helped to care for the cubs.

He said: “It’s really important to make sure the cubs do not get too used to human contact.

“I would step into their pens to make sure they are fed, clean and watered. It’s down to us to make sure that each cub is alright and that nobody is being picked on.

“To watch the whole process from an animal’s rescue to its release is amazing. It is so rewarding to see them go from a pen to the openness of the outdoors.

“The cubs are now just one step away from reaching the wild, whereas two months ago they would have died out there. I really feel like I have made a difference.”

To donate to the Wild Futures appeal, click here, or text the amount you would like to donate to SWWR22.

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