If you saw a litter of puppies in your garden, you’d surely do everything in your power to make sure they were safe.
Of course, there would be some confusion over how they got there in the first place, but the general priority is to give them warmth, shelter, and something to eat and drink.
So when a man found what he believed to be a litter of puppies in his garden, he didn’t hesitate to do the right thing. He brought the litter into his house and posted on Facebook to let his friends know what had just happened.
However, people began to point out what the man had actually brought into his house, and the post quickly went viral.
Craig Mcgettrick from New Brighton, United Kingdom, was taking part in a garden clean-up when he found the litter of what he believed to be puppies. In a moment of quick thinking, he put them in a comfortable box and took them to his local animal rescue center. However, upon arriving at the shelter, Craig was in for a bit of a surprise. The ‘puppies’ were actually fox cubs!
He also shared a post on Facebook as he and his friend Beccie headed to the shelter with the caption:
‘After a rubbish removal job we unearthed a pile of rubbish and these little pups appeared in the rubbish we have taken them to an animal sanctuary so they have a chance to survive.’
The post was soon filled with hundreds of comments as people tried to inform Craig about the mix-up.
As the comments began to increase on Facebook, Craig’s friend Beccie decided to get in touch with Martin Hemmington, founder of the National Fox Welfare Society, to find out why the cubs had been left by themselves. Apparently, as the cubs grow, they become more independent and are left for longer periods of time. Martin said:
“Vixens leave their cubs all the time whilst they are in the den, and as they get older they’ll begin to explore their surroundings more and more, and become less dependent on mum as they get older.”
That night, the fox mom returned for her pups.
However, as the trash pile had been removed, the National Fox Welfare Society helped to make sure that mom and cubs were safely reunited.
“I didn’t give the cubs any milk in order for them to be hungry so they’d cry out and call for their mum, which they did,” Martin said. “I put them around the same place they were found, as I knew the mum would be looking for them, and she’d be checking the place she last had them.”
We’re so glad that the cubs are together again with their mom once more, and credit to Craig for doing a good deed and believing that he was rescuing some puppies!
Looking at the pics, it’s really hard to tell that these babies are fox cubs, and we believe that anyone could have made the same mistake as Craig. He might think twice about sharing any future rescues on Facebook, though!
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