Foxes

Each year the Scottish SPCA urges the public to contact them if they see an injured or orphaned fox cub before approaching or moving it themselves.

Although some of these cubs need our help, we would advise people living in more rural locations to leave cubs alone and check on them after a couple of hours as their mother may return for them.

Why have you advised me to monitor this young fox cub?

If a fox cub is not in immediate danger, we usually advise you to monitor a fox cub as vixens will often move their cubs from one earth to another and if they are disturbed they’ll leave the cubs and come back for them later.

Often, vixens will not live in the same earth as her cubs and will only return at night to feed them.

When should I seek further help?

If you think a cub may be injured, ill or has been orphaned and needs our help please call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 for advice.

Please don’t attempt to hand-rear a cub by yourself. To be able to survive back in the wild, they require expert care and shouldn’t be unnecessarily exposed to humans.

Is it okay to feed foxes and their cubs?

We would recommend that people don’t feed them. The vast majority of foxes do not present a risk to the public, but we would advise people to leave them alone to be on the safe side.

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