Dad rescues baby fox in Kirkintilloch field

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AN orphaned fox cub is recovering after being rescued by a dad while walking his dog.

Gary Doherty was with Max in a field on the road to The Stables restaurant in Kirkintilloch when he discovered the four-week old fox, who has been called Doc.

Gary (43) contacted the SSPCA who asked him if he could take the cub home until they arrived.

Doc is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire where he is recovering from an injury to his tail.

Dad-of-four Gary, from Kirkintilloch said: “I just saw this wee thing and Max was curious. I thought it was a hedgehog.

“His back paw was cut and bleeding. The poor wee thing was shivering.

“I don’t know if a dog had got hold of it or his mum decided to move and dropped it.

“My kids wanted to keep it. I wrapped him in a banket, put him on my belly and he went to sleep. He was perfectly happy and warm.”

It’s hoped that when Doc is at the right age he will be released into the wild.

National Wildlife Rescue Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Doc had an injury to his tail, possibly a result play fighting with his siblings or parents or an attack by a dog.

“He may lose the tip of his tail but this won’t affect his ability to be released back into the wild.

“Doc has been introduced to another fox cub of a similar age, which is ideal as it means we can now adopt a completely hands-off approach.”

He added: “The next stage will be for Doc to be introduced to other cubs who have had a lot less handling and are therefore wilder.

“This will help him develop the type of behaviour needed for him to fend for himself in his natural habitat.

“We’re hopeful that Doc and the other cubs will be released at a carefully selected site when they are at the right age and stage to be able to survive on their own in the wild.”

Doc is pictured with wildlife assistant Sheeleagh McAllister.

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