A litter of fox cubs have been successfully reunited with their mother in Eastbourne last night (March 28) with the help of wildlife rescuers.
The cubs were cut off from their mother after their den was accidently disturbed in the garden of a Langney home last week.
Concerned for the cubs, who are thought to be just seven- to 10 days old, the homeowners contacted East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) for help.
The cubs were assesed by WRAS founder Trevor Weeks, who said, “They were in really good condition, had recently been fed and were exceptionally healthy.
“So we contacted the home owners and got permission to take them back at 7pm and try to reunite them with their mum.”
Just before dusk Trevor and rescuer manager Chris Riddingon placed the three cubs in a plastic tub next to where they were originally found and hid in a nearby summer house.
While the cub’s mother appeared shortly after rescuers set-up their hiding space, she was frightened by the stormy weather and would not collect her litter.
The homeowners had set rescuers a deadline of 10pm as there was no access to the garden other than through the house.
Chris said, “It did not take her long to realise they were still there, but with the strong winds she was very spooked and hesitant.
“It was very close to our deadline and having to leave, so when she was frightened and disappeared for five minutes I phoned the owners and asked for an extra 30 minutes of time.”
With only 20 minutes of time left and a sudden disturbing noise which made mum run off, Trevor decided one last ditch attempt to get them back to mum so he quickly moved the cubs out of the tub for her to take more easily.
“Within five minutes she was back, quickly found them and started picking them up one at a time and moving them to a new den,” he said.
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