Word on the Street

The latest news in and around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

NOTICE: Word on the Street has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Word on the Street.
Visit the new section.

Northwest Trek adopts orphaned fox kits

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm with 1 Comment »
June 2, 2013 9:00 pm

A group of orphaned fox kits found in an irrigation pipe in Idaho can now call Eatonville’s Northwest Trek Wildlife Park home.

The park’s zoological curator, Heidi Hellmuth, traveled to Zoo Boise May 20 to pick up the siblings after their mother was caught stealing chickens and shot by a rancher near Rexburg, Idaho, according to the park.

The kits, three males and two females, are about two months old.

They’re in a quarantine area and won’t be on exhibit until they’re older and have been socialized. Hellmuth said it’s too soon to say when that will be.

Fully weaned, they’re on a diet of puppy kibble and a special brand of canine food.

The rancher, who didn’t know about the kits initially, cooperated with the rescue effort by Idaho Fish and Game, Zoo Boise and Northwest Trek, according to the park.

Northwest Trek currently exhibits two male foxes and one female fox.

Northwest Trek photo
Photo by Jesse Michener/Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Leave a comment Comments → 1
  1. What a shame. Poor kits. Poor fox mother stealing a chicken to feed her children. Of course it was hard on the chickens too but- unless they were only for laying eggs – they would have ended up on a dinner plate anyway.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0