New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
The Story of a Pair of Orphaned Foxes
By: Katrina Bergman
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It’s springtime now, and for NEWC that means it’s time to start raising baby animals. We see a lot of squirrels, opossums, robins, grackles, and raccoons, but right now we have two rarer patients that we’re very excited about. These two are red foxes. They have had a pretty rough start, but now that they’re with us we’ll make sure that they get a second chance for health and happiness out in the wild.

Their story actually starts with a couple named Amy and Fred Carlsen. They were out walking their daughter’s dogs on March 15th when one of the dogs, Meeka, smelled something interesting behind a chain-link fence. When Amy and Fred went over, they found three dead fox pups outside of a den with two baby foxes still alive inside. One of them came out to bark, but the other was quiet and stayed mostly hidden.

Fred and Amy left some dried dog food for the pups, but they were still worried about their safety due to the fact that three of them had already died. They called Brockton Animal Control and Megan Hanrahan, an amazing ACO who has brought an incredible amount of rescued wildlife to us at NEWC, came to investigate. Megan had found a dead adult fox hit by a car in the area shortly before this, and so she knew that the pups needed to be taken care of. When she arrived at the den, she was only able to recover one pup, and assumed that the second had unfortunately already passed away like the original three.

Just in case, Megan left safe and humane traps with food and water around the area to see if the second fox could be found. Foxes are social animals, and need to be raised with others close to their age. It was very important to find the second fox both for its sake and for the fox she had already rescued.

After several days with no results, Animal Control pulled the traps as it looked pretty hopeless for the last baby. The Carlsens were still invested though, and they wanted to be absolutely sure. They took pictures inside of the den to see if they could get any sign of the last fox, and amazingly he was actually in there, huddled into a back corner hiding from the world.

Amy and Fred immediately called Animal Control, and Megan came right over with a freshly baited trap. She asked the Carlsens to check the trap in a few hours and to call her if there were any results. When they came back to see, the fox was in the trap! He had gotten hungry enough that fresh food right by the entrance to his den overcame his fear. Amy and Fred called Megan right away, and she came over immediately to get the fox. He was brought to us at NEWC the very next morning.

Now the foxes are both with us, and are receiving medical treatment for their roundworms. They are both eating well and are looking great, and should grow up just fine.

We’re very grateful for the effort Amy, Fred, and Megan all put into this rescue mission, and we’re thankful that it worked out so well in the end. It’s always wonderful when orphaned wildlife get a happy ending!

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11 Comments to “The Story of a Pair of Orphaned Foxes”

  1. Tiana Cabana says:


    If you check these comments, might you be willing to express your identity or even affiliation with Brockton Animal Control? I am curious seeing as none of the ACO’s, myself being one, are feeling as you are or taking issue. Another officer brought her the first pup after it was finally captured in her trap-the second pup she left her home at 1 in the morning to retrieve…The first day I knew about just one orphaned pup, I was out there on my hands and knees attempting to capture the pup we knew of by reaching inside the den-this was all with Meg, she and I together made so much effort that first day and thereafter Megan continued to put in great efforts. You clearly have little idea as to the actual efforts she put forth. Please attempt to understand the full details rather than speaking vehemently off of the partial information you have. The ‘T’ does not speak for Brockton Animal Control, they speak only for themselves. Thank you Megan, for always being a valuable resource and jewel to animal welfare-as a coworker and as a friend. As far as wrong information in the article, I don’t feel it is deliberate- if anything it’s petty to care. Meg is our Animal Inspector, NEWC I am sure knew her well as an ACO.

  2. carole dallphin says:

    Megan is a dedicated & loving animal rescue lady. Many of her friends admire her & we enjoy reading about animals she helps. She has posted videos of snowy owls, the Fox kits, and a baby opposing. They are so sweet. Seeing these babies raises our awareness about animals in need of our help.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Carole, Megan has helped many animals and brought many to New England Wildlife Center that would not have lived without her intervention. Hats off to Megan. Katrina Bergman, Executive Director

  3. Amy and Fred says:

    It was so heart-warming to be there when Megan came to take the second rescued baby fox to safety. It was so cold that night. We look forward to seeing them grow and thrive. Endlessly grateful to all!

  4. @imablackcatt says:

    Thank you to all involved! These are two very lucky babies!

  5. T says:

    Megan was not the only one involved from Animal Control. She is also NOT a Brockton Animal Control Officer. She is the Animal Inspector from the Board of Health. The ACO brought the foxes to her and she brought them to you. Please correct your article.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      T- Please contact New England Wildlife Center at 781 682 4878 x119 to discuss your concerns. We are always happy to correct information if we are not accurate. Please know that we will only talk with you if you treat our staff with the respect and dignity that we will treat you. Have a nice night. Katrina Bergman, Executive Director

  6. Katrina Bergman says:

    Hey Megan, New England Wildlife Center and wildlife are so very grateful to have you. Hope to talk to you soon. Best, Katrina

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