The firefighters were convinced that it was yet another case of abandonment. Instead, they were beautiful fox cubs
In addition to putting out fires, the Fire Brigade often find themselves involved in rescuing poor stray dogs in difficult situations. In this case, they had intervened to save some dogs stuck inside a manhole. After extracting them and taking them to the nearby veterinary clinic, they found out that it was fox cubs.
The story happened to Colorado Springs, in the USA, but it quickly went around the world. And it is easy to understand why.
The County Fire Department received one emergency call by some passers-by, who warned them of some dogs trapped and stuck inside a manhole. Immediately, firefighters rushed to the scene and pulled out the newborn dogs, then took them to the Humane Society, a local shelter.
We saw those little black creatures and immediately thought it was yet another case of abandonment of newborn puppies. They looked like Labrador puppies just a few days old.
Arrived in the veterinary clinic, the volunteers and the vet quickly realized that those little creatures weren’t Labradors at all, but foxes.
The rescue of the fox cubs
At that point, volunteers from the shelter contacted those responsible for the local wildlife sanctuary, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife District.
The operators knew that this was not an abandonment, but that the fox mom she had given birth to her children in that manhole and that soon it would be returned to get them. Then they commissioned the fire brigade to take the fox cubs back to where they found them.
Over the next few days, the staff continued to hold under control that manhole. They wanted to see if the fox mom would actually come back to get her cubs.
Unfortunately, fox mom is not never returned. Those foxes, however, were still too small to fend for themselves. Then the volunteers took them and looked after.
When they are large and healthy enough, the sanctuary will take care of reinsert them in nature, the only place where they can live happily the rest of their lives.