A three month old fox cub, being called Willy by the animal advocates who saved him, survived an estimated two weeks after being caught in a snare trap near a neighborhood in England.
Willy’s rescuers believe his mother brought food to him while he was stuck in the trap because he showed no signs of being starved when he was finally discovered. Neighbors called animal welfare after they heard the cub screaming in agony. The wire snare cut through his torso all the way to the bone. Experts believe he spent at least two weeks in the trap because his wounds had started to heal around the wire snare.
Farmers often use snare traps to catch predators like foxes that might kill chickens or other livestock. The practice is generally accepted if the animals are humanely destroyed, but authorities said they will investigate and seek animal cruelty prosecution if they discover who set the trap and left the cub there to suffer.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean