Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

Video: Lira the fox cub rescued from near death by Wildlives, Colchester

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 March 2014

Zoe Leckie with Lira the Fox Cub that has been brought into Wildlives rescue centre in Thorrington.

Zoe Leckie with Lira the Fox Cub that has been brought into Wildlives rescue centre in Thorrington.

A little fox cub which was found at death’s door near Colchester is now recovering at an animal shelter.

Staff at the Wildlives Rescue Centre in Thorrington are taking care of Lira, a week old female cub who had yet even to open her eyes when she was brought to them.

Lira was brought to Rosie Catford, the owner of Wildlives, by a man who had found her collapsed in his garden, freezing cold and all but dead.

The man took her to his local vets, who in turn directed him to the animal shelter. Lira’s mother is almost certainly dead, said Rosie, so it’s up to them to raise her and get her ready to be released back into the wild.

“She’s doing really well now, she only weighs just over 200 grams so she’s tiny and her eyes and ears are still closed,” said Rosie. Something probably happened to her mother so we are keeping an eye out for any siblings that might turn up.

“She’ll be the first of many over the summer. During the spring and summer they get themselves into trouble, the mother gets killed and the cubs are orphaned. It’s the start of baby season.”

Lira is on two-hourly feeds throughout the day and night. Her name is based on the current theme in the animal shelter. Each year the animals which are rescued and brought in are named according to a theme, be it famous families, pop singers or characters from Shakespeare plays. This year’s theme is Africa.

At such a young age fox cubs are unable to regulate their temperature, and although Lira has a fur coat she was unable to keep herself warm, as such she’s being kept in an incubator.

Lira will be released in the late summer. “We try to follow what would happen naturally, as she gets bigger and we get more cubs in she’ll be put with cubs of her own age,” said Rosie.

“Once she’s feeding on her own all human contact breaks off because the last thing we want is a fox that’s tame. When she’s old enough we put them on to soft release.”

However Lira is taking some time to get used to her new surroundings.

“She’s a little minx at the moment to feed,” said Rosie. “She’s not at all easy to feed but bear in mind she’s been used to snuggling up to her mum and hanging on to her nipple.

“Babies just tend to hang on and suckle when they want to, but we don’t have the time for that so they have to take their food now.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Police are due to announce an update on the search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague this afternoon.

Ipswich Town fans have been shocked to see this new billboard in the town – showing off Norwich City’s new home kit.

It’s time to raid the attic, dust off the family silver, and bring out those much-loved or overlooked treasures as the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is rolling into Suffolk.

The number of households using brown compost bins has fallen by more than half in the three Suffolk districts that introduced charges for their brown bins last year.

When the sun finally comes out it is great to have a day in the park and there are plenty to choose from in Suffolk and north Essex. Here are seven of our favourites.

A man in his 50s has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Stoke Park Asda store in Ipswich.

Art and design students at One sixth form in Ipswich gained inspiration from one of Banksy’s collaborators during a special session at the University of Essex.

One of Suffolk’s rarest breeding birds, the Sandwich tern, has bred successfully this year at the RSPB’s Minsmere nature reserve for the first time in almost 40 years.

A grandmother who was awarded an MBE for helping to fight crime in her village community has died.

Scores of aspiring sleuths descended on Suffolk police headquarters to investigate what it takes to become a detective.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24