Humane Society: Red fox's paw continues to heal "remarkably well" after it was caught in rat trap

CUDAHY -- Officials with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society on Tuesday, September 27th posted new photos and an update on an injured red fox from Cudahy.

The baby fox, one of a family of foxes living in a Cudahy neighborhood was found by neighbors with a rat trap stuck on his paw. Neighbors were able to get the fox to enter a cage they rented from the Wisconsin Humane Society, and he was then taken to the facility for treatment on September 2nd.

On Tuesday, it was time to once again change the fox's bandages and treat his wounds.

Humane Society officials said the soft-tissue injuries to his paw continue to heal "remarkably fast."

On the advice of one of the Humane Society's consulting veterinarians, they have begun applying honey to the lesions on his paw, and that is helping him heal.


This photo was shared on September 21st -- and you can see just how much the fox's paw continues to heal:

Cudahy fox (PHOTO: Wisconsin Humane Society)

September 21st was the first time Humane Society officials were able to release a photo of the injured paw -- because it was looking "much, much, much" better than it did at admission, officials said.

Barb Lierman helped rescue the injured fox. His little paw was crushed, bones fractured and tissue damaged by the rat trap.

"It was horrid. I wanted to do something so bad but there wasn't anything we could do," said Lierman.

Lierman said she was thrilled to discover the fox had entered the safe trap she set up on September 1st, after first noticing the rat trap on August 29th.

"We were just so happy. We hugged. We were relieved. It was ecstatic," said Lierman.

Several of the fox's bones were broken and soft tissue was damaged on his right paw. Part of his toe was also cut off.

It is critical that the fox is able to use his paw to pounce on prey in the wild, officials said.

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