Posted on Jun 8 | By Wild for Rehab

Fox with Severe Injuries gets Second Chance at being Wild.


Early in the morning on January 31, 2024, Nigel spotted a fox lying in the snowbank on the side
of the road.  The fox wasn’t moving.  He was wet, dirty, and matted with road sand.  Nigel was
running late so he kept on driving.

On his way home that afternoon, Nigel, spotted the injured fox.  The fox had repositioned
himself and was shivering from the cold.

As he slowly approached the fox, it lifted its head and looked at him with sad, helpless eyes.  He
was weak and in obvious pain.

Nigel had taken animals into wildlife rehabbers before so he knew what to do.  He called
Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary to get instructions on how to safely contain the fox.  He wrapped
him up in his jacket, put him in a box and made his way to the sanctuary.  The fox did not resist
at all.

X-rays showing Tavi’s injuries.

X-rays revealed his severe injuries.  Both femurs were not only fractured and splintered but the
bones were contracted.  This meant that this was an older injury and the fox had been suffering
like this for several days.

Dr. Cox, a wildlife veterinarian working with the sanctuary, was on her way to the airport and
unable to come in for surgery for four more days.  The doctor and sanctuary staff discussed
options and wanted to give the fox an opportunity to survive.  They tried to keep the fox
comfortable on pain medication.

X-ray of Tavi’s pins.

On surgery day, Dr. Cox was able to pin both legs in under 5 hours.  Post surgery, his legs felt
strong and his pain was greatly reduced.  His activity increased and he showed interest in going
home.

Tavi getting a check up.

Unfortunately, the fox, who was now named Tavi, took a turn for the worse. The pins in his left
leg did not hold and had to be removed.  A tight wrap was put on instead, in hopes of stabilizing
the leg, but Tavi ripped and chewed at this bandaged leg one night, creating lesions and open
sores.  It took a while but eventually it healed well, and they were able to remove the pins from
the other leg.  Currently, there are discussions about performing a bone marrow graft to the
left leg, in hopes it will give it another chance to heal.

 

Tavi the Fox recovers at Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary.

Amputation will be the last resort but even with only 3 legs, he will be able to return back home
to the wild.   A second chance at a wild life would never have been possible without the
compassionate care at Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary.

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