A wildlife carer in upstate New York did her best to rescue a fox that dragged itself off the road after being hit by a car, video shows.
This video shows Kimberly DeFisher, who is the founder of Arctic Fox Daily Wildlife Rescue Inc, capture the injured animal in Ontario, New York. DeFisher then wraps the animal in a blanket and brings it over to her car. DeFisher determined the fox was a non-nursing female.
DeFisher told Storyful she “received a call about a fox who was presumably hit by a car. She had dragged herself all the way down a driveway, away from a road, and out back by a homeowner’s yard.”
DeFisher told Storyful, “I saw that she was clearly injured and in need of assistance, but also saw that she was aware enough that she may muster all her strength to scoot away and get out of my reach. I acted fast and scooped her up with my net.”
In an Instagram post published on May 26, a week after this video was made, DeFisher wrote that the fox did not survive, as its injuries “were too much to overcome.”
Arctic Fox Daily Wildlife Rescue Inc specializes in providing sanctuary to rescued foxes, as well as rehabilitation to release them back into the wild. Credit: Kimberly DeFisher via Storyful
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: I'll need the net for just [INAUDIBLE].
Could you grab me that blanket that I dropped [INAUDIBLE]?
- It's actually walking better now than it did earlier.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Yeah, it looks like she has some mobility there. So that's good.
- Do you have that effect on guys often-- they run away faster?
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: What?
- Do guys ran away faster when you chase them like that?
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Do the guys versus the girls?
- It's a joke.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Oh, my gosh.
- I don't know if it's a male or a female.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Oh, yeah. No. The guys tend to run away from me. What can I say?
- That sucks.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: [LAUGHS] It is a girl, by the way.
- Oh, that sucks.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: But--
- She's not nursing, hopefully?
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Thankfully, it doesn't look like she's lactating. So that is a positive.
- She got all the way back here. Yeah, she's got to tear up by her right ear, too.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Let's get you in to the crate.
- Smile for the camera.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: I know, right? She's angry. Good thing she's able to be angry still-- she's with the program, at least. The fact that she's dried up-- either she doesn't have them, or maybe they're all weaned and old enough at this point. Either way though-- I mean, I'll definitely get her to a vet. And if it's something miraculous that we can get fixed up really quick, I will definitely-- if you're OK with it-- probably release her back here.
- Yeah, that's fine. After seeing it get hit by a car, I had to come all the way down here. Then, it went over the truck. Then, it went over here. And then, you pulled in. It must have ran over there.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Yeah, she could be a worse condition. But I'll get her back. And I have a couple of really good vets I work with. If it ends up being-- fingers crossed, she survives-- if ends up being a long-term thing, then I'll probably release her with the rest of my guys. But if we end up being able to pick her up in the next couple of weeks, I probably will bring her right back here, because usually they have their own territory established. And I hate to take them away.
- Well, you don't want to throw them into somebody else's territory, because that causes problems, too, right? Next thing you know, they've got fights or something going on.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Exactly. Well, it was great meeting you.
- Yeah, you too.
KIMBERLY DEFISHER: Thank you.
- Thank you very much.