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with Karen Scheel

Reds The Fox

It is hard enough for wild creatures to survive under normal conditions but many of them are struggling even more today due to the loss of their habitat to humans. Hunger has made their struggle easier to witness, especially with shy predators like the red fox. These creatures are normally nocturnal but their search for food has forced them to become more visible during the day. Soon after I moved into Frog Hollow, a fox made her presence known. At that time, I had a red Siberian Husky named Caraminka (Minka). Sometimes when Minka was outside the fox would sound off just a little to close to my house for my comfort level and I inevitably would whistle for Minka to come home. However, if Minka was inside and the fox sounded off then she always wanted to go outside. It did not take me long to figure out that these two had some kind of relationship. So much so, that after this fox had two kits she brought them around the house – almost as if to show them off. The kits were adorable but after the initial reveal I did not see much of them again. Several months later, Minka brought mange into our house, which both cats contracted and I ended up suffering from. In retrospect, I believe Minka contracted this condition to make me aware that our fox needed help.

Sarcoptic Mange is a skin disease caused by mites that burrow into an animal’s flesh and even though they cannot live on a human, they can still feed on us. Mange weakens the animal’s immune system and causes fur loss. If the condition strikes in the winter then an animal can freeze to death. Many articles claim mange outbreaks are directly attributable to over population. However, I disagree for two reasons:

  1. For the most part, there is no way to determine the actual numbers for many wildlife species. Studies seem to reflect human activities cause the numbers to fluctuate. Therefore, I tend not to trust any reports because I cannot reconcile the very great possibility that many wildlife species in the past may have ended up on endangered species lists due to claims of overpopulation. Not to mention, Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom does not produce more of any particular animal species than the land can support. I have lived at Frog Hollow for twenty-one years and have never seen more than three to four foxes on a little less than 6 acres during this time.
  2. My experience as a holistic practitioner has shown that most every disease has more to do with the lack of good nutrition, which weakens the immune system and opens the door to contracting a variety of diseases. (See feline leukemia natural treatment to learn more about how food and supplements saved the life of a stray kitten given days to live.)

The initial mange outbreak had me carting all of my animals to their local veterinarian to receive injections of “Ivermectin” along with deep cleaning every inch of my house. There were several additional mange infestations before realizing I was fighting a no-win battle. The fox needed to be treated but the vet would not dispense this drug for them. I opted to locate an alternative route rather than continue subjecting my critters to harsh drugs that might compromise their organs and cause complications down the road. “Sulphur” is a homeopathic remedy used to treat all kinds of skin disorders, including mange. I tried it on my animals and then began mixing the remedy into a small amount of food left at the mouth of the fox den at least twice per day. It proved successful for all.

The mother fox continued to come and go for many years. She also began to respond to the whistle used to call my dog. There were many times when l whistled for Minka and after she had come inside the fox would sound off around my house within minutes. During the winter months, I would sometimes leave a meal outside for her, or would wait to hear her voice before taking something out for her to eat.  I was raised to believe we should not interfere with nature, so feeding did not occur on a regular basis. I did not want her to become dependent on me and never fed her close to my house. But there were times when I heard her sound off right outside my door after she had eaten, and I always believed this was her way of thanking me. Just as there were other times when she would sound off to let me know she was hungry. I stopped hearing from the mother fox soon after my first pet loss teachings. To this day, I have not heard from her again, but there are two full grown kits that recently made their presence known, and I am inclined to think at least one was her offspring, but who knows.

About a month after rescuing Goose Lucy from the “double trouble fox team” (referenced in Let Nature Take Its Course?) the female fox disappeared. I thought something might have happened to her but continued to leave a barter meal out for the male to keep Lucy safe. Around the end of spring, I caught a glimpse of the female as the male ran by my window on three legs. He had injured his foot and could not put any weight on it. There was no way to treat his foot directly and taking him to a vet was out of the question, so I relied on my old stand-by. I began to feed him again and treated his foot with a mix of high quality cat food and various supplements that included “Colloidal Silver” – a natural antibiotic. His foot has since healed very well, and he has become much like his mother visiting me frequently. Reds the fox is becoming less shy as time goes on. He has been hanging out with me from a distance – but is gone in a flash if he sees or hears a stranger, which is a good thing. He just recently began responding to my whistle, and just like Goose Lucy, he knows the sound of my car. 🙂

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  1. You are just SO NEAT! I live in the woods and do all I can to help any of the animals. Your experiences and knowledge are a blessing to us here at Rosewood. Thank you for your wonderful site!
    Best Wishes Always!

  2. What a wonderful heartwarming story. You are somewhat of a Mrs. Dr. Doolittle. I love it. I would love to live on a piece of property with a few acres and some wooded area. I love animals so much more than people. They give me a sense of peace that no human can give. They are beautiful, intelligent and magnificent loyal creatures. Thanks for sharing. I plan to read all of your animal blogs.

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