Red Fox

(Vulpes vulpes). Patient Number 22-1592.

Date of admission: August 27, 2022.
Reason for admissionEmaciated, chest and abdominal wounds.

Patient History:

The red fox has a large geographic range. They can be found across the Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America, and Asia. Red foxes are the largest of the four species of fox that inhabit Canada; the others are the Swift fox (Vulpes velox), Grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), and Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus). Adult red foxes weigh three to five kilograms (7-11 pounds). Contrary to their name, not all red foxes are red. Known for their rusty-red fur, red foxes can also have brown, black, and even silver fur.

Red foxes can be found in all of Canada’s provinces and territories. Foxes prefer living near the edges of wooded habitats that border open prairie grasslands, but their highly adaptive nature has allowed them to thrive in urban environments as well. Red foxes are nocturnal, which means that they are most active at night. Foxes hunt almost exclusively in the early morning hours before the sun rises and late in the evening after the sun has set. Although rodents are their primary prey, their diet may also include small birds, eggs, insects, hares, and frogs. Foxes have been known to prey on domestic chickens and, as a result, have been labeled as nuisance animals.

This male fox was rescued in Cochrane, AB after being found unresponsive in a field. He was immediately rescued and brought to AIWC for care, where it was discovered that he was suffering from a large wound on his left rib cage. Additionally, he was severely emaciated. Since his arrival at AIWC, he has undergone surgery to close the wound on his chest, and to counteract infection. He is improving daily, and we are happy to say that the initial wound is healing well, and his body weight has increased. However, he will still remain with us for a while still until he makes a complete recovery.

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