Athena, the Bengal cat we rescued from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, is now over her respiratory infection and anger at the indignity of being at the shelter in the first place (see photo above..) and is doing fantastic in her new home with Dawn Camp of Camp Skipping Pig. Dawn also does pig rescue! Check out Dawns website and see the pictures of the Kune Kunes at http://www.skippingkunekunes.com/
Max- A Rottweiler that we were able to rescue from euthanasia thanks to the Orchard Park, NY Dog Wardens – and NO Thanks to Rottweiler “Rescues”, who either suggested euthanasia or didn’t reply to our calls and e-mails at all. Fox Wood was able find the perfect home for this beautiful, intelligent young dog. We hear he is doing great!
The most brilliant fox I ever met came in as a pup that was believed to be blind. Everyone including myself felt certain that she could at least see shadows, as she would jump on things, pounce on insects and harass the other pups endlessly . A visit to Animal Eye Specialist Dr. Kimberly Stanz revealed that she was indeed completely blind, not even having pupils. Her other senses were extremely acute, and that was why we all had been led to believe she could see something! The Maine Wildlife Park in York, Maine had contacted me early that spring wanting two Red fox pups for their beautiful new fox exhibit. I told them about the blind fox pup. They were skeptical saying that the enclosure was very large and that a blind fox could never navigate it well. I assured them that this pup was exceptional and that if they try her out, I would always take her back if she didn’t work out. It was a no-risk situation for them. We decided to give it a try and the blind fox was sent to Maine, along with a gorgeous male pup with head and spinal injuries that would never be releasable. When the pups arrived, the park officials quickly realized that the blind pup was no ordinary fox and that she would flourish there. During the initial observation period before going into the new enclosure, the keepers became concerned about the male as he seemed withdrawn and they thought that he couldn’t stand on his back legs. I told them he had no problem running and playing here and suggested perhaps he was depressed? Once the pups were allowed into the new enclosure everything changed. The pup they thought was crippled and withdrawn started running, leaping , pouncing and playing . The blind pup very quickly came to know and command her surroundings. No visitors to the park can tell she is blind! If you are in Maine, please make it a point to Visit the Maine Wildlife Park !
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You may remember the story of Peewee, the tiny fox pup that was very tame and had crooked bones. It was very tempting to keep this little guy. But the right thing to do was to give him a chance to be a wild fox. Our goal was to fix his health woes, achieve some good strong bone growth and encourage him to want to spend time with foxes, not humans. We enlisted the help “ Trixi”, our 14 year old “mother fox”. She took right over and immediately discouraged Peewee from greeting humans. She did this by issuing a warning bark whenever he greeted me with his usual “Love me! Pick me up ! Aren’t I cute?” fashion. He was torn- he instinctively knew what the bark meant, but he loved humans so much. I did my part and ignored his antics and went about my business of feeding him nutritious food. As summer progressed, Peewee, who had been a fraction of the other pups size started to grow and actually surpassed the other pups in size! He no longer preferred the presence of humans and wanted to be a wild and free fox. He was released with the others at a remote soft release location. Freedom is the greatest gift you can give a healthy wild animal.
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