Puggle, The Orphaned Baby Fox Who Just Wants To Cosy Up To His Stuffed Rabbit

27/4/2016

On March 15, theRSPCAfound an orphaned baby fox in a garden in London, The Dodo reports. The helplessanimal was only two weeks old when they found him, and he desperately needed looking after. After fending for himself for hours or even days, he was severely dehydrated and malnourished.So the RSPCA coordinated with two volunteers fromNFWS(The National Fox Welfare Society), who specialise in the rescue and rehabilitation of young foxes like this cub.

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WhenCarolyn andShane welcomed the tiny baby fox into their home, they decided to name him Puggle.Like all orphans like Puggle, the baby fox cub needed a lot of care during his first three weeks in his new home. He needed to be fed with a baby bottle every four hours, go to the toilet, and of course, he needed a lot of sleep.

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To make him feel as secure and protected as possible, his foster parents put a little rabbit soft toy in Puggle's bed.But they never thought he'd grow so attached to his new friend...He now even tries to play fight with his little bunny.

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His soft toy is his ultimate sleeping companion and they're always cuddling, although it's a little one-sided...

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Puggle even gives it kisses as if it were one of his siblings...

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The baby fox's affection for his stuffed rabbit is actually a biological sign that he is ready to be integrated into a real fox family of his own.TheNFWS explainedtoThe Dodo:

His personality is now coming through as he wants to play fight and he has just started to pounce on items. This is an instinct that will, when he is an adult, help him secure, rats, mice, voles, etc.

When he's sleepy, Puggle likes to snuggle up to the rabbit, but after he's eaten he loves shaking and throwing it around.

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"Puggle is at the age now that we really need to get him in with other cubs so he can play and enjoy the company of his own kind...in preparation for his eventual release back to the wild" the association announced on their Facebook page.