This SOS call was just like any other that the Colorado Springs Fire Department had received, though it turned into something else entirely. They rushed to the scene where these famous dogs are, and when they got there, As any dog lover they immediately started getting out the eight baby dog trapped in a sewer. A couple of hours later though, they realized they were absolutely wrong about the famous dogs. Apparently, they didn’t actually rescue baby dogs, but something else.
Maybe you don’t know this, but firemen don’t only put out fires on the job. They do other things and at times, they help in various situations. One other fact that few people know about is that firemen also help others aside from people including baby dogs as in our story. so for every dog lover just get ready because what you’re going to read is a dog’s journey that is really different.
Just A Normal Day
For the fire department in Colorado Springs, it was just like any other day at the station. Little did they know that their day would later turn into something peculiar and a baby dog rescue would go differently from planned. They had no idea these famous dogs will be them something quite unforgettable.
One day, a dog lover called the CSFD about some animals that needed help. Only minutes later, they rushed out to the scene. The sooner they reached the animals, the sooner they could help them. The rescuers had no clue this rescue was going to be a really unique one.
In terms of rescuing or helping animals, firefighters have to take specific precautions. Animals differ in the way they behave and the mannerisms they have, so they react in different ways when they sense that they’re in danger. Some animals may even get more aggressive if they’re in danger seeing as they feel threatened. Therefore, firefighters follow certain rules to ensure the safety of not just the animals’ but theirs as well.
Keeping all of that in mind, the firefighters have to approach the situation really carefully. Whatever situation they’re in, they have to make sure that they’re safe. Since this team had no idea what animal they were dealing with, they had to be cautious and ready for anything.
The firefighters weren’t really worried about this particular job because they knew they have a lot of experience in this area. Even though they didn’t know what kind of animals they were rescuing, they knew they would still be able to manage the situation.
Without any hesitation, the firefighters raced to the area where the animals had been found. The animals got trapped deep beneath a storm drain. If it started raining, they would surely be in deep trouble.
The Clock Is Ticking
The animals weren’t in immediate danger as long as it didn’t rain. Despite this, the firefighters knew they still had to hurry. The enclosure wasn’t only dark and deep, but also very cold. It was clear that no time should be wasted. The rescuers needed to think of a plan.
To the firemen, the trapped animals seemed to be very small because even if the sewer grate wasn’t that deep, the animals still couldn’t get out. Only one or two of the firemen were needed to pull out the poor animals. The team started prepping for the rescue.
Together, the firemen lifted the storm drain away to be able to access the bottom. The animals’ cries below could be heard very clearly. The team quickly realized they were actually dealing with baby animals. The rescuers wondered why and how the animals ended up there.
The firemen couldn’t figure out why the small animals were in the sewer. Naturally, animals are better off being in the wild. It was clear these animals weren’t close to any form of wild habitat. The team wondered where the animals’ mother was.
The firefighters still weren’t sure what kind of animals had gotten trapped in the drain. They made sure to get the area’s layout and analyze it properly. If the animals’ mom or dad had been around, the firefighters probably already spooked them away.
When the team saw the baby animals, the firemen were very much surprised the poor animals were still alive. The animals were freezing cold, there wasn’t any food in sight, and there was a lot of garbage and dirt in the sewer. Even though the rescuers weren’t completely sure whether the babies would be fine, the team knew they had to at least try and help the little ones.
A Difficult Situation
The team knew they needed to be careful when they approach the scene. If the baby animals’ mother happened to still be in the area, she could get them out herself. If the firemen helped out the babies, the mother might later return and decide to abandon the young ones. In any case, one thing was clear – time was running out.
Since the firemen hadn’t figured out what kind of animals they were dealing with, it made it hard to know whether the mother would be close by or not. While there wasn’t any way to tell what the best thing to do was, it definitely looked like the animals should get some help. The team came up with what to do next.
The firemen had a difficult decision to make – leave the babies there, hoping the mother would return, or take the babies out seeing as the mother couldn’t be found. The team was sure the babies wouldn’t be able to get out of the sewer on their own. The rescuers knew they needed to know what kind of animals they were dealing with.
Seeing as the team didn’t know which animals got trapped, they knew they had to pull the little ones out to find out. If these were domestic animals, then they would need serious help. On the contrary, wild animals wouldn’t be this desperate.
The rescuers had to wear gloves to avoid the babies getting the humans’ scent. The team laid out a sheet by the sewer for the babies to be placed on as soon as they were out. This way the little ones are also out of harm’s way.
A fireman reached down slowly into the sewer, carefully picking up the first animal. The team was shocked upon seeing the animal and how small it was. The animal innocently rolled around when it was placed on the sheet.
Man’s Best Friend
When the firemen saw the first baby properly, they finally figured out the kind of animal they were rescuing: puppies! While they had no idea how the poor animals got in the sewer, the team was sure they shouldn’t be there.
The firefighters couldn’t believe what they were seeing. They worried that a person might have placed the poor puppies in the sewer. It was a sad reality that some owners abandon their pets. These owners assume that disposing of the animals can only be done this way.
Cold Hard Truths
The team hoped that a person wasn’t responsible for this situation since it would be really heartbreaking for the babies. Wanting to get every single puppy out safely, the firemen sped up.
This situation is a good lesson for pet owners who aren’t able to care for their pets. It is never acceptable to abandon any animal in an environment that is unfit. The rescuers really hoped that this wasn’t the case.
At first, the team couldn’t tell the exact number of puppies in the sewer, so they waited until all the little ones were out. Thankfully, the sewer just seemed deep but wasn’t in reality, which made things easier for the firemen. They successfully got all of the puppies out.
It must have been pretty confusing for the puppies as one minute they were in a cold, dark, sewer, and the next, people surrounded them. To keep warm, the small puppies huddled together. It seemed as if they were trapped in the sewer for days.
Still wondering about how this situation happened, the team spoke to the witness who called it in. She told the firemen that she witnessed the puppies being swept away by a stream into the sewer during bad weather.
A Sigh of Relief
When they heard that the puppies weren’t placed in the drain on purpose, the firefighters were relieved. This fact naturally changed the whole situation, though. The puppies somehow got close to the drain and fell in the sewer.
Quick To Act
As soon as the woman noticed the puppies being swept away, she tried her best to act quickly and help them. She ran to catch the small animals in time, but she wasn’t fast enough, so they fell in. Then, she attempted to open the storm grate, but was unable to do it due to the lack of proper tools.
Calling in for Help
As soon as she realized that she couldn’t help the puppies alone, she called for help. It was fortunate that the firemen knew just what to do and had the necessary tools. They were really happy that she decided to ask for help and called them.
One To Remember
The team was relieved to learn about what actually happened to the puppies. A person noticed that animals were in a dangerous situation, and she helped them without any hesitation. The team sincerely hoped everybody would also choose to help if they were ever in a similar situation.
The team started trying to figure out the breed of the puppies. The little animals were all black and their hair was short and wiry. The rescuers concluded that the puppies were most likely labradors. However, the firemen didn’t know there was a surprise waiting for them.
After taking out all of the puppies out of the sewer, the team still had to make sure that the little animals were all fine and healthy. The firefighters got the puppies checked at a Humane Society in order to be sure the little ones weren’t hurt.
Thankfully, all the puppies were in relatively good health. Despite having been trapped in the sewer for days, they were nice and strong, and didn’t appear malnourished. After the check up, the firemen thought their job was done.
One firefighter, Mark Jenkins, gave the doctors his phone number in case there was any update after the firemen dropped the puppies off. Mark was surprised that the doctors called him soon afterward
Mark was quickly reassured by the vet that the puppies were okay. The vet said it was good the animals were brought to the Humane Society. However, he gave Mark a piece of information startled that the firefighter and caused him to nearly laugh out loud.
Mark was told by the vet that the puppies had sort of a surprise. As it turned out, they weren’t actually puppies and in fact, the animals weren’t dogs at all! This was quite unbelievable for Mark. He wondered how they couldn’t be dogs and what kind of animals they actually were.
The vet explained to Mark that the animals they rescued were actually baby foxes, specifically red foxes. The vet said fox cubs and puppies tend to look quite similar at birth, especially because for the most part, red foxes aren’t really red.
Doing Something Good
Mark told the others in the rescue team about what the vet told him, and they had a hard time believing it either. They were quite sure that the small animals were puppies. Nevertheless, the firemen were still really happy that they helped the poor animals.
The baby foxes had been rescued successfully, but their story was certainly not over! The vet told the rescue team that it was possible the mother was still in the area where the baby foxes were rescued from. The mother might still find the babies if the firemen placed the little ones back in time.
Worth A Try
The firemen felt like they were about to undo everything they had done earlier, but they knew that they had a better chance at locating the animals’ mother if they taking the baby foxes back. The firemen placed the babies back in the sewer reluctantly. This time, the rescuers made sure to watch the poor animals.
When they finished placing all the foxes back into the sewer, the firemen waited nearby patiently. In order to avoid spooking the mother, they kept a safe distance. It was quite possible that she would only return for the babies at night. The situation somehow became a waiting game for everybody.
The Red Fox
A very smart and cunning animal, the red fox usually stays in its den during daytime and goes out at night. Sadly, there was no sign of the animals’ mother throughout the night. The rescuers sincerely hoped that they would see her in the morning.
Western European Fox
In Western Europe, the only kind of native fox is the red fox, despite the fact that the corsac foxes’ range extends into European Russia and there are a few Arctic foxes in northern Scandinavia. In addition, red foxes differ from other foxes with regard to size. Red foxes are the largest among all the true foxes!
Despite waiting for a long time, the team still didn’t see the mother anywhere. From the sewer, the calls of the baby foxes could be heard. It was quite possible the mother was spooked by all the events which took place earlier.
It looked like everyone’s patience was wearing out after waiting for the mother for a long time. After a couple of nights, they decided it was safe to think the mother wasn’t coming back. Over time, the rescuers made the decision to intervene again. The baby foxes obviously needed help.
The Next Move
Once the team made the decision, the time came for them to make their move. The babies were once again taken out from the sewer. They were brought back to Woodland Park’s Animal Clinic. The foxes would get the help they need from the clinic.
The clinic helps with the rehabilitation of different kinds of animals. For the baby foxes and other animals like them, the clinic staff raise the babies until the time the little ones are able to care for themselves and ready to live in the wild. The baby foxes were surely in good hands, but this wasn’t the end to their story.
The baby foxes’ story is not only heart-warming but also educational. During the entire ordeal, their rescuers learned a lot about them. Actually, there is a lot people can learn about wild animals, including the different ways of dealing with them if they need help.
The firefighters were naturally surprised to have encountered the baby foxes but animal experts didn’t really think it was such a surprise. The speculation of the experts is that the mother had mated months earlier and gave birth to the baby foxes not too long ago.
In addition, the animal experts weren’t surprised that the foxes were found in Colorado. It is known that there is a fox population in the state. Its terrain is perfect for the animals, from hills to mountains, which can be great spots for dens.
Wildlife In Colorado
Besides foxes, Colorado is actually teeming with wildlife, from coyotes, deer, mountain lions, to bears and even snakes. Wildlife and people can coexist for the most part, but the main thing that people have to remember is the fact that wild animals aren’t pets. It’s best to leave wild animals alone.
Dark And Cool
It may seem unlikely that the mother fox purposely put her babies inside the sewer, but animal experts can see why she might have decided to do so. Fox dens are commonly dark and cool, similar to the sewer where the babies were found.
Perhaps it was a mistake by the mother fox to leave her babies while she went out picking her den. Even though the sewer was cool and dark, the similarities it has to typical fox dens practically end there and it certainly isn’t a good place for the baby foxes.
Place Of Birth
The baby foxes’ story was slowly becoming clearer and clearer. Even though no one knew exactly how they got to the area, it’s possible that the mother gave birth in the sewer itself. By this time, it was still unclear whether the little foxes would be fine.
The little foxes may have been abandoned, but the chances were high that they’ll be alright. In addition, they had gone through some serious rehabilitation at a really young age which definitely helped them a lot.
Finding the little foxes in a busy city came as a surprise for the firefighters, but apparently, it wasn’t really an uncommon occurrence. It is common in growing cities to have animals roaming since their habitats are overtaken by construction and buildings.
To keep things calm and prevent wildlife encounters, there are some things people can avoid doing. Wild animals shouldn’t be fed, pet food should be kept inside, and all cracks and holes which are bigger than a centimeter in your house should be filled – this will keep out mice, rats, bats, and snakes.
Foxes are getting more and more comfortable being in the city, so many often see them as miscreants and pests. Over time, it becomes more and more difficult for animals to look for homes since their habitats are overtaken by cities and construction sites.
The woman who called for help did the right thing. Instead of attempting to solve that kind of situation on your own, it’s always best to have experts in the field help you. There are a lot of animals that are best left alone. Experts will know how to handle them properly.
Not All Bad
A lot of times when people see baby animals which are alone, they assume that the animals are in some sort of trouble. However, this isn’t always true. There are newborn animals, such as rabbits, that can be on their own for 23 hours a day, maximum.
The baby foxes had a happy ending. A woman cared enough and helped them as much as she could. The firefighters came to help her. All together, they ensured the little animals were taken care of. After their rehabilitation at the clinic, the babies will grow up together and live in their natural habitat.
Keeping An Eye Out
As more cities are expanded and built all over the world, there will be more animals that will struggle for their habitats. Just a reminder – if you came acrooriginallys which seem to be out of place, call for help.
This article orginally appeared on journalistate.com