CUDAHY — Officials with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society on Thursday, September 22nd provided an update on an injured fox from Cudahy.
The baby fox, one of a family of foxes living in a Cudahy neighborhood was found by neighbors with a rat trap stuck on his paw. Neighbors were able to get the fox to enter a cage they rented from the Wisconsin Humane Society, and he was then taken to the facility for treatment on September 2nd.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center officials said Wednesday, September 21st was “wound treatment and bandage-change day” for the little guy, and they continue to be “very pleased” with how his foot is healing.
The treatment Wednesday involved general anesthesia, removal of the old bandage, cleaning the wounds and surrounding areas, drying the leg, applying ointment to the wounds and re-bandaging with non-stick pads, roll-gauze, cotton padding and elastic bandaging tape.
Officials have, for the first time, released a photo of the fox’s foot. They are finally able to do so because it is looking “much, much, much” better than it did at admission, officials said.
Barb Lierman helped rescue the injured fox. His little paw was crushed, bones fractured and tissue damaged by the rat trap.
“It was horrid. I wanted to do something so bad but there wasn’t anything we could do,” said Lierman.
Lierman said she was thrilled to discover the fox had entered the safe trap she set up on September 1st, after first noticing the rat trap on August 29th.
“We were just so happy. We hugged. We were relieved. It was ecstatic,” said Lierman.
Several of the fox’s bones were broken and soft tissue was damaged on his right paw. Part of his toe was also cut off.
It is critical that the fox is able to use his paw to pounce on prey in the wild, officials said.
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