This adorable baby fox is a true treasure
Posted On July 5, 2021
This adorable little fox is not a “little fox” per se, but it is a “sweet little fox” who, as the video below shows, has an incredible story to tell.
The foxes home in the desert near Nampula, a town of some 1,400 people, is a refuge for about 20 wild foxes.
The refuge is home to more than 2,500 animals, and the town is one of the largest in the province, with more than 400 foxes in its natural habitat.
But in December 2013, the foxes population started to decline.
A few weeks later, a group of residents from the town started complaining that their homes had become infested with ticks and fleas.
“There were ticks everywhere, every single night,” says Sarah Stelzig, one of those residents.
Stelig said her house was crawling with ticks, and she suspected the fox population was dying.
The residents also began to see signs of the ticks, including the fox fur.
After a year of research and a survey, Steligi decided to take action.
She called her local police department and asked for help.
“I wanted to take a stand,” she says.
She and a group went to the town’s animal control center, and after getting a call, the officers were able to remove the fox from the animals’ home.
But the residents weren’t happy.
“We weren’t really pleased with it, because we didn’t want to be blamed for something that was not our fault,” says Steligl.
Steligl says she had to take matters into her own hands, so she went to a local veterinarian.
“He told me that I could not keep them, but he didn’t have the resources to get rid of them,” she explains.
Stelszig says that in the next couple of weeks, she and her group got a new set of foxes, and were able, at last, to remove some of the fleas from their homes.
“When I started out, I thought it would be a challenge,” says she.
“But it’s been so much easier since.”
What happened next is an inspiring story of community work, compassion, and a bit of luck.
The town of Nampulis is a tiny desert town of 1,600 people.
As the video above shows, the town has a population of only about 40 foxes and is home in one of its natural habitats, and most residents don’t even know the fox is there.
The residents had been living in their home for about two years, but they began to notice ticks and other signs of tick-borne disease, such as the fox’s fur, beginning to come back.
“As we were seeing these signs, we decided to get a new pair of fox for our home,” says local resident and fox conservationist, Christine Koczela.
She started working with the local fox control officers to remove ticks and to vaccinate their foxes for the ticks.
The town then started to look into what the fox might be suffering from, and Kocza says she started talking to residents in the community about what they thought was the problem.
“They started to get upset,” she recalls.
One resident had her dog, a male named Rolf, infected with a tick.
“She was so upset that he had tick bites on his paws,” she said.
“And it was really bad.”
The residents went to their veterinarian, who said it was likely Rolf had contracted tick-induced pneumonia.
“They were all pretty upset,” says Koczo.
“It was just not something that you’d expect to happen.”
Rolf is now healthy and well, and he and the rest of the fox community have moved on.
“This is a good thing, because if you look at the fox, you can see how they are able to get the disease from animals,” says the fox resident, who has no connection to the residents.
“The fox, the tick, and people all get the same disease.
What is tick-mediated pneumonia?”
So this is a very important step for the fox.”
What is tick-mediated pneumonia?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ticks can cause the symptoms of pneumonia in animals that are infected with the bacterium.
In humans, it is often referred to as “pneumonia,” which means it can be fatal.
Pneumonia is most common in cats, but ticks can infect dogs as well.
There are many different types of ticks in the United States, including mites, mites that live in soil, earthworms, and grasshoppers.
Pneumonia can be caused by a wide range of diseases, including Lyme disease, which is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.
In humans, ticks can transmit the bacteria from person to person.
It is the same bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
And it can also infect