mange fox rescue

I’ve been watching foxes in my garden since they were cubs, and was disturbed to find one of them suffering from sarcoptic mange.

scratching causes hair loss and lacerations

fox with mange







Sarcoptic mange is a persistent skin infection caused by a parasitic mite. It’s quite easy to treat but if left untreated the fox will most likely die within 4-6 months.

I contacted South Manchester Wildlife Rescue who suggested we trap the fox so they could give it treatment. The trap was set on Boxing Day.

placing the bait of chicken on the hook, my cat Bis is very curious

setting trap door - out you come Bis!








After saving a neighbour’s cat from the trap that evening, I was woken up at 6am by the sound of yelping. The fox had taken the bait!

foc has eaten the bait AND chewed up the cover I put over the trap to keep him warm and dry

such a gorgeous animal, look at the expression in those eyes!

Martin from SMWildlife Rescue came to collect the fox and after a month of treatment will release him back into my garden.

Hopefully he’ll make a full recovery. I’ll let you know how he gets on.

If you see any other foxes with mange please get in touch or contact Martin direct at South Manchester Wildlife Rescue. With our U-Decide grant we can afford to make a donation towards the cost of treatment.

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4 Responses to mange fox rescue

  1. Sundeep says:

    Wonderful – look forward to news of being re-introduced following treatment. Beautiful creature – my favourite British mammal. We usually regularly see foxes in our back garden, but not noticed any for a while, but will keep a look out.


  2. Erinma Ochu says:

    Ah nice one. Look forward to update.


  3. Nikki says:

    Lucky Fox !


  4. Una Baines says:

    Heartwarming tale for 2012, Happy New Year to you and Fox xx


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