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BRWC works to prevent the needless loss of life
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) is working to prevent the needless loss of life through education.
A well intentioned homeowner found a young Red Fox Kit who they believed needed assistance and took it to work with them.
The person found the Kit at their home but needing to report to work took the animal with them where co-workers and others handled it.
A Frederick County Animal Control Officer was called to take the animal.
It was apparent to the Officer that there was a potential rabies exposure and as is the law reported it to the Health Department.
To protect those who handled the animal the Health Department had no choice but to euthanasia the animal.
Examinations for rabies has to be done by looking at the animal’s brain stem which means the animal has to be euthanized.
Where the results of the rabies test are not yet available the action had to be taken for protection of those involved.
The BRWC would like to remind the public that it is always recommended that you call a professional wildlife handler first and not to even touch a wild animal even if you might think it needs assistance.
Call your local animal control office which is a division of your local Law Enforcement Office to ensure the animal is cared for properly and prevent this heartbreaking loss of life.
For a look at this beautiful young animal click here but be aware in this writer’s opinion it is hard to look at knowing what happened to this little one.
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