Fennec foxes are native to North Africa. They are typically found amongst the Sahara desert. These foxes have since been imported into the Australian outback. The fennec foxes have thrived in the desert and weather of the Australian terrain.
The exotic species has been popular in needing assistance. Fennec foxes have been a target of hunting and exotic pet trading industry. So, lots of rescues are having to learn how to care for the species. These foxes are normally found injuried in the desert areas so people that rescue them often cannot find a shelter equipped to helping.
If one comes across an injuried or endangered fennec fox these are some steps to help assit them, so they recieve the upmost care and can be released back into the wild.
- Contact an exotic or zoological veterinarian. If you uncover any injured wild animal the first person to contanct should be a veterinarian. They will redirect you to helpful resources like sancuatries, rescues, and shelters. If the animal needs medical attention they will assist you as well.
- If the fox is swaying and bending his front paw continually provide water. Animal will be dehydrated based of these behavioral signs. If you are capable and have the fox in a contained space, where you will not further injure the animal or yourself, administer fluids to the fox. Also do so with veterinary premission.
- Visible injurines will need gauze and medicam dt tablets (use dog oral spray or 1.5 mg tablets). Medicam will subdue some of the pain and be used as a calming measure. Likewise, gauze will apply pressure on a wound and localize the injury. This is a measure to be taken if fox is in sever condition an waiting would further harm and ill the animal. Note, a zoo keeper, wildlife worker, vet technician, or veterinarian should be contacted.
- If the time for transportation of the animal to a rescue is longer than four hours than provided food for the fox. A fox will eat a mixture of dry and wet cat food. Dog food will also work, yet a fennec fox’s digestive system is more simmilar to a cats. If that is not something that is readily available, simply provided the fox with some raw meats.
- Lastly, no matter how cute and adorable the fennec fox is a normal person is not equipped for there care. They are still a wild animal and deserve to be treated as such. Fennec foxes are not household pets and if injured they should be given to people certified or capable of caring for them. This post is to show temporarty measures on there care due to it being a hunting season for these foxes.
Overall if there are any questions regaurding fennec foxes or another’s exotic care contact sydney fox rescue at there 24 hour line here: 24/7 Emergency: 0406 590 379.