Update Dec. 6, 2014: The fox is doing well! On Monday, Dec. 1st he was taken to the vet and had more x-rays. His legs are healing well and he will go back in a month to have more x-rays. He was put on a new antibiotic to prevent infection in his bones due to the pins. We are feeding him raw meat, so if anyone would like to make donations of meat or money for purchase meat, please contact us. Thank you for your generous donations and for checking on his progress!
Update Jan. 12, 2015: The fox had his pins removed! He is beginning to get more energetic and will remain on antibiotics for the next 8 weeks. He needs to let his legs continue to heal prior to being released this spring.
RECENT RESCUE STORY - On October
21st, WRT received a phone call from Karen in Waverly, Nebraska,
about a red fox that hobbled across the street because both front legs were
injured. The fox was in the ditch near
the Waverly High School.
contacting WRT, our member Michele Kelley, went to Waverly and was able to
capture the fox with the help of several concerned citizens that were in the
area at the time. The fox was a young, healthy, beautiful male with two broken
The fox was
taken to Dr. Mark Falloon at Pitts Veterinary Hospital in Lincoln. Dr. Falloon said it appears to have gotten
both front legs caught in a trap. How it
got loose, we will never know. Dr. Falloon and Dr. Terry Pitts spent over three hours pinning and
repairing the front legs of the fox. It
is expected to do well if we can keep the infection out of the wounds and keep
it from chewing at the pins in its bones. Even with the generous discount from
Pitts Veterinary Hospital, the medical bills and rehab are costly.
So far, the
fox is doing well, and it will take 5-6 weeks in captivity to heal and have the
pins removed. If you would like to make a donation to help pay for the
surgeries on both legs and the food during rehab, please send your donations to
Thank you to
Michele and her husband Pat and to Karen in Waverly for helping with the fox!
What is Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. ?
Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer-based organization dedicated to the raising and rehabilitating of orphaned and injured wildlife from the state of Nebraska, with the goal being to release them back into the wild.
Our volunteers are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, including all holidays. The Hotline Number is a 24 hour answering service available for after hours, to take messages. There are some volunteers that are available for after-hours care, depending on the type of animal. Please call the Hotline if you have questions about a wild animal, need assistance with an injured or orphaned animal or you would like more information on becoming a member of WRT!
During the spring and summer months our volunteers are very busy with animal care. If there is any way you can transport the animal to a WRT member, it would be very helpful and much appreciated. The on-call person can direct you to the closest WRT volunteer available based on your location.
If you have any questions or concerns about injured or orphaned wildlife, please call the Hotline at (402) 473-1951.
Working under state and federal permits, Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. is a non-profit, independent, all volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising and rehabilitating Nebraska's orphaned and injured wildlife for the eventual release back into their natural habitat. Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc. operates with no federal, state or city funding, but depends totally upon private contributions, membership fees and donations of supplies and services. No salaries are paid to any member of WRT.
Or, send your donations to: WRT P.O. Box 80127 Lincoln, Ne 68501