Jogger rescues week-old fox cub

Nicola Turnball is now offering round-the-clock care to Bernard
Nicola Turnball is now offering round-the-clock care to Bernard

An abandoned fox cub is now in safe hands after being discovered by a jogger in Burntisland.

The Scottish SPCA said the week-old cub – who has been named Bernard – would never have survived but for his discovery.

He is now being rehabilitated at the charity’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

Colin Seddon, centre manager, said, “Bernard was lucky to have been found when he was. It was an extremely wet night and he would not have survived overnight on his own.

“We think he was probably being moved by his mother when he was sadly dropped.

“Fox cubs are unable to keep themselves warm (thermoregulate) until they are two weeks old and are completely dependent on their parents for warmth and food.”

Wildlife assistant Nicola Turnball is now providing round the clock care for Bernard and, once he is weaned he will be mixed in with other cubs of a similar size and age.

He will then be released back into the wild as a group later in the year.

Mr Seddon added: “We are very grateful that a vigilant jogger spotted Bernard and called us straight away.

“If anyone comes across a fox cub with its eyes shut and ears down, please call our animal helpline as soon as possible.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.