Tuesday 23 May 2017

Fox cubs fighting fit after run-in with JCB

Three fox cubs who were found without their parents by a JCB driver close to Athlone
Three fox cubs who were found without their parents by a JCB driver close to Athlone

Eoghan MacConnell

Three fox cubs who were found without their parents by a jcb driver close to Athlone. Molloy Photography

THREE young fox cubs who were almost crushed by a JCB have been recuperating at a rescue centre.

The three-week-old cubs narrowly escaped death when a JCB digger unearthed their den near Athlone, Co Westmeath, last Wednesday.

The quick-thinking JCB driver left the cubs near the den for 24 hours in the hope their mother might return.

When the vixen failed to appear, he handed them over to the Athlone Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on Thursday.

ASPCA chairman Paul McCormack said the orphaned cubs were doing well. He has been feeding the animals dog food and milk.

Mr McCormack added that he hoped to be able to reintroduce the animals to the wild once they are big enough to fend for themselves.

Irish Independent

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