VIDEO: Mama Fox Watches Closely as Rescuers Save Her Baby from Drain Pipe

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) received a call about a fox cub stuck down a drain pipe — and when they arrived on the scene, they could hear the cub’s cries, but could not see the cub because the animal was trapped so far down.

The team sent a camera down the pipe, and as they were devising their rescue plan, they noticed they were not alone — the cub’s mother was watching.

“We were amazed that the vixen turned up whilst we were trying to find the cub,” Chris Riddington, WRAS’ rescue manager, said in a news release. “It was almost as if she knew we were trying to rescue her cub.”

The team eventually managed to pull the cub out and administer a much-needed bath. They left the cub in an open carrier, and watched as the mama fox came to retrieve her baby. Mother and cub then ran off together, safe and sound.

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  1. MS

    Beautiful — thank you for the wonderful rescue work — job well done — all of us want to live — foxes included!

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  2. Michael Coulter

    Listening to the rescuers play-by-play of Momma Foxs reunion with Baby Fox put a HUGE smile on my face!

    Thank you for bringing this family back together, and for the joy in your voice when the Fox family walked away side by side! ????

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  3. Barry J. Goian Esq.

    Dry impressive that the vixen was able to stand the human presence and hope thT her own young was going to come out of this ordeal as alive and not food. ( this was probably her first thought??) regardless she was happy to see a freshly “spa’d” pup climb out of the cage to see her and take her scolding.

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  4. Jane Avis

    How wonderful. People like these restore some of your faith in the human race !!!

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  5. Leanne

    A big thank you to those rescue workers who saved that little fox cub. It gladdens my heart to read about things like this.

    I think the reason the vixen didn’t attack them was because she knew instinctively that they were trying to help rescue her baby.

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  6. Jade Kiran

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

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  7. juliette

    BRAVO!!! Thank you so much for saving the cub, and thank goodness that mama trusted enough to allow you to do so!!

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  8. lisa kuhn

    such a boost to see animals and humans working together. they know more than we realise

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  9. cindi scholefield

    She knew. Of course she knew.

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  11. SAssy

    Beautiful. Love seeing these happy stories.

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  12. Rachael Markson

    Thank you to these wonderful rescuers! So nice to see people who care!!

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