Shortly before St. Patrick’s Day, a baby fox was discovered in the middle of a busy road on the southwest side of Milwaukee. He’d likely been abandoned by a distressed mother and suffered from hypothermia, dehydration, mange, and an upper respiratory infection. The three-and-a-half-week old kit was too young to walk, and still had poor eyesight when he was found.

However, things are looking up for the fox, who’s been named Clover because he was found so close to St. Patrick’s Day. He’s in good hands at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Since his rescue, Clover’s eyesight has improved, he’s gained half a pound, and his ears have perked up.

Several people have expressed an interest in adopting Clover, but Humane Society officials kindly remind us that wildlife belongs in the wild and are planning to release him when he’s been rehabilitated. Additionally, people with good intentions often take in baby animals they mistakenly believe to be abandoned. Anyone who discovers a baby animal is encouraged to refer to these guidelines and contact the appropriate authorities if they believe it may need help.

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