Finally. A journal entry about our fox cubs this year. That was overdue!
Luckily a year ago our wildlife station got the chance to increase. A big parcel of land was added to the existing area of our sanctuary, now containing several new big enclosures completely isolatet from any visitor.
We desperately needed that additional space! It has been a very busy year for us. The quantity of animals once again increased: Besides countless squirrels, hedgehogs and all kind of birds (even big ones) we raised several fawns, owls, martens and a whole bunch of shotes. Of special interest was a guest never seen before: The racoon. Seven of these feisty rascals found their way into our shelter and made the hearts of everybody melt. Sadly they so quickly got used to all the human visitors that there was no chance of releasing them into the wild again - they now live in a nearby zoo.
Besides all those other animals we had to care for more fox cubs than ever before: No less than sixteen of these little fluffballs have been raised in 2012 (so many that we did not even think about giving names to each of them, sorry)! Yet at first it seemed there would be no fox cubs at all this year. The first ones arrived only at the end of April. But finally it was a rather chaotic business and it was not easy to raise them properly. The space was limited, the older cubs tended to steal away the food of the younger ones, and we were really relieved when the first bunch of them returned to the wild. Nonetheless once again we had to reject some requests.
However, in the end all of them survived and were set free again. Sixteen beautiful foxes.
I am really sorry that I have not been able to keep you up to date this time, not even to show you any photos or videos. Maybe I will upload some of them later this year.
And thanks to all the visitors this year! It was so much fun (especially with the racoons)!