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Tiny fox clubs found just 'days away from dying'.

Byline: CLAIRE HARRISON Nuneaton Reporter

TINY fox cubs were just a day away from dying says Nuneaton's horrified wildlife sanctuary owner who fears they were being reared for hunting.

Geoff Grewcock, of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildilfe Sanctuary, said the two six-week-old cubs would not have survived another 24 hours had they not been rescued.

"If we had not got to them, they would have died," he said.

"I think they either escaped or were abandoned but I reckon they would have only lived for another 24 hours."

What alarms him even more is the state in which they found the siblings, now named Winston and Mabel.

"They were light coloured, could hardly eat and could barely walk, they are so wobbly on their feet," he said.

"I knew something wasn't right, I have been working with foxes for 20 years and have never seen them like that.

"I think they were being hand reared for fox hunting, which is just horrific.

"I think they were being kept in small cages, given little to eat and not allowed to roam around. I have had a vet check them over and he thinks the same."

Geoff, who founded the haven in Oaston Road, said he is now caring for the pair round the clock.

"The female is poorlier than her brother," he said. Both are being fed goats milk, every two hours, through the night as well, to help them. They are both gorgeous, I think they were being hand-reared as they are not scared of people or other animals, that is not the behaviour of wild foxes."

He is unable to give the location of where the cubs were found, other than 'local'. This is because the Wildlife Police are set to investigate.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 20, 2019
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