NEWCASTLE (CBS13) – A brother and sister pair of foxes are now in the care of a Placer County wildlife rescue after their mother died.
Gold Country Wildlife Rescue says a Newcastle family found the foxes after smelling something odd coming from under their yard deck. A quick inspection revealed a heartbreaking scene: a dead mother fox with her two babies next to her.READ MORE: 'I Saw The Suffering In People's Faces: Sacramento Man Finds Strollers For War-Torn Refugees
Rescuers set up traps but were only able to catch one of the babies, who are about 8-10 weeks old, at first.READ MORE: City To Vote On Project That Would Add Speed Bumps To More Sacramento Neighborhoods
On Wednesday, the family was finally able to catch the other fox baby. Both foxes were taken to Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, a non-profit wild animal rescue that helps in cases just like this.
Vets aren’t sure how the mother died, but they do not believe she was poisoned as her babies are not showing any symptoms.MORE NEWS: Massive Outdoor Recreation Area Nears Opening In Elk Grove
The orphans are now being examined by Gold Country Wildlife Rescue staff. Once that process is over, staff will start to work to find the foxes a permanent home.