He’s lucky he didn’t take them home to groom them by himself.
This here is an astonishing case of mistaken identity. While he was tidying up his surroundings, found a litter of puppies at the local garden. The pups had been abandoned and were muddled up in the corner, while her mother was nowhere to be found. So, Craig made a decision to take them to the animal rescue in order for them to get the proper kind of care. However, what he could ever have guessed was that these animals were actually not dogs.
Craig and his friend Beccie took the puppies, put them in a cardboard box lines with towels and had them taken to the rescue. They shared pictures of the puppies on Facebook to see if anyone would claim them.
Craig told The Dodo that when he saw them, he believed that they were either kittens or puppies. He explained, “Those were probably the only two options I knew of. We thought someone had dumped them knowing we were going to remove rubbish.”
Nobody came around to claim them. However, the two of them were eventually contacted the National Fox Welfare Authority, who told them that the animals they found weren’t dogs, but rather fox cubs. Given that, they now had to return the cubs to the place that they had first found them.
With the additional photos that were provided by Beccie and Craig, the National Fox Welfare Authority was able to confirm that the animals were, in fact, foxes.
In a Facebook post, Martin Hemmington, founder of the National Fox Welfare Authority, wrote, “We were contacted by a lovely lady called Beccie through our Facebook Page; Beccie had sent a few photos asking if the babies in the photos were indeed fox cubs. We confirmed they certainly were. Beccie advised us that they had been taken to a rescue center in Liverpool mistakenly as puppies, not fox cubs.”
Also, Paul McDonald of Freshfields Animal Rescue said to The Dodo: “Fox cubs don’t initially look like foxes when they are cubs, so it’s common for people to mistake them for dog puppies. They are brown in color as opposed to the red, ginger color of adults.”
He added, “Vixens leave their cubs all the time whilst they are in the den, and as they get older they’ll begin to explore their surroundings more and more, and become less dependent on mum as they get older.”
Now, they needed to have the cubs returned to where they were fund n the hoes that the mother would eventually show up after she had heard the cries of her children.
McDonald assisted them as they returned the cubs, saying, “I didn’t give the cubs any milk in order for them to be hungry so they’d cry out and call for their mum, which they did. I put them around the same place they were found, as I knew the mum would be looking for them, and she’d be checking the place she last had them.”
McDonald was definitely happy that the story had an ending, sharing; “It made me feel ecstatic that the cubs went back to their mum, as it would have been a tragedy not only for the cubs not being brought up by their own mother, but for the mother to lose her cubs.”
He added, “This is without a doubt the best kind of rescue in my line of work, when nature is allowed to take its own course.”