Having received a call regarding a fox with a ball stuck in it's mouth but fully mobile, we weren't sure what to expect or even if capture would be successful.
This certainly wasn't what WRAS rescuers were expecting to deal with! The vixen had got her lower jaw and canines stuck inside one of the holes from a dog treat ball and couldn't release them.
Luckily rescuers managed to catch her as she tried getting through a gap between 2 fence posts, but the ball didn't fit allowing rescuers to secure the fox.
Back at our casualty centre she was sedated, and the rigid plastic had to be cut to enable her jaw to be released. The ball is thought to have been there 2-4 days as there had been a large about of flystrike and maggots which were removed from around her face and mouth. She is now doing very well and won't be long before she's fully healed. We believe she was caught just in time before the outcome could have been very different!
The wildlife of East Sussex is facing a crisis, with places like Rogers Wildlife Rescue now permanently closed, and others either temporarily closed or operating at a reduced service. Even the national RSPCA no longer operates a 24 hour rescue service for wildlife.
East Sussex WRAS is trying to pick up the pieces and is admitting casualties from various local organisations trying to help the best it can and doing so free of charge. This is all costing extra money, and we are also running out of space.
WRAS need to build a new rescue centre and expand to help prevent casualties ending up at local vets and stopping them being euthanised or being taken home by well-meaning members of the public where they could end up suffering, being treated inappropriately, not receive suitable veterinary treatment or become domesticated or suffer mentally.
WRAS have an amazing team and the charity is well established and stands the best chance of setting up a sustainable rescue centre able to help all local wildlife eventually once complete, but we need the public's help. There are few grants and funds available for wildlife rescue groups in comparison to conservation groups, so we have to work twice as hard to raise funds, so we need the public to get behind us and help make this new hospital a reality.
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