The Colorado Springs Fire Department is used to getting SOS calls, but there was nothing that could have prepared them for what was going to happen. A team was deployed to the site, and they worked hard to get 8 puppies to safety. A couple of hours later, they came to the realization that things were not as they seemed. It turned out that those puppies were hiding a secret that they could not have predicted.
We are sure that you already know this, but firemen are not only in charge of extinguishing fires. They are called in to help with other emergencies as well. Did you know that they also help out animals?
Not Just Fires
Apart from putting an end to fires, firemen also help with other things in the community. Among other things, they are deployed to help deal with hazardous materials, medical emergencies, and new building inspections. Yes, they are truly valuable to the community!
To reach people and help those in need as quickly as possible, the Colorado Springs Fire Department has emergency response resources across the city. By doing this, they can get to any part of the city in only 8 minutes most of the time.
To help out the citizens, the fire department made sure to get the best equipment for any situation imaginable. The CSFD boasts 22 engine companies, 6 truck companies, 3 medical squads, a hazmat team, and a HeavyHazmat team. Not only that, but the department also has 11 brush trucks, an air supply truck, a hazardous materials decontamination vehicle, and a hose wagon. They can dispatch these units and pieces of equipment when there are emergencies.
Just A Normal Day
It started out like a normal day at the Colorado Spring Fire Department station. They had no idea that there was going to be a strange development before the end of the day. Several firemen would be deployed to a rather strange rescue. What do you think will happen?
The CSFD got a call about animals in need of rescue. A couple of minutes later, a team was sent to answer that call. They knew that they could help out the poor animals more quickly if they got there sooner. Not once did they think that the rescue would be so unique.
When it comes to rescuing and helping animals, there are certain precautions that one must take. Animals have different behaviors and mannerisms, which means that they can react differently when faced with danger. There are those that act more aggressively when they feel like they are in danger. This is the reason the firefighters follow a set of rules to ensure both their safety and that of the animals.
We want you to keep this in mind while we tell you the story. The firefighters had to be careful about the way they handled it. Regardless of the situation, it was important to put their safety first. The team did not know what animal they were dealing with, so it was even more important to be cautious.
The firefighters were not very worried about that call since they had plenty of experience with things like this. Even though they had no idea what animals were in need of rescuing, they were confident that they could handle the situation.
With no hesitation, the squad entered the truck and went over to the location of the animals. It turned out that there were creatures trapped in a storm grate! If it ever rained, things could get bad for them.
The Clock Is Ticking
If it did not rain, the animals were not in immediate danger. Still, the firefighters knew that it was important to act quickly. Not only was the enclosure dark and deep, but it was also very cold. It was clear that they could not afford to waste any time. They had to think of what to do.
To the team of firemen, it looked like the animals were tiny. They knew this since the animals were unable to get out even though the sewer grate was not that deep. The team just needed to send one or two men down there to pull them out. The firefighters started to get ready to rescue them.
The firemen worked together to raise the storm grate so that they could get to the bottom. They clearly heard the cries of the poor animals. They realized that they were dealing with babies here! The team was left wondering what they were doing in that place. How on earth did they even get there?
There was no reason for these small animals to be in a storm grate. It would have made more sense if they were in the wild. The animals were far from any sort of wild habitat. The firefighters could not help but wonder why the mother was not down there with them.
The firemen had yet to figure out what animals were down there, however. They had to figure out the layout of the sewer so that they could continue with the rescue. If their mom or dad had been there, it could be that the firemen spooked them and made them run away.
A Difficult Situation
The firemen could not believe that the baby animals were still alive. The sewer was filled with dirt and garbage! It was sad to see that they were so cold and had no access to food. The team was not sure if they would be fine, but the least that they could do was to try.
The firemen knew that they needed to be careful about what they do next. If the mother was in the vicinity, she would prefer to rescue her babies on her own. Not only that, but the mother might come back and just abandon the babies if the firemen took them out. They had to make a decision right away!
The firemen were not sure what animals they were dealing with. This made it harder to figure out if the mother was nearby or not. It was difficult to know the best course of action, but the animals needed help as quickly as possible. The firefighters finally agreed on what to do.
The firemen were faced with a tough decision. Should they just leave the animals there and hope that the mother comes back for them? Or should they simply take things into their own hands since the mother was no there? They were aware that the babies needed help one way or another. One thing they had to do was figure out what these animals were.
The team was unable to figure out what they were. They would only know for sure by pulling out the animals. If they were domestic, they would require serious help. However, they knew that wild animals have a better chance of surviving this.
The rescuers made sure to put on gloves so that they would not get their scent on the babies. They also laid out a sheet beside the sewer. The babies were going to be placed there to keep them out of harm!
The firemen went into the sewer and cautiously picked up one of the babies. The team was shocked to see just how tiny this animal was! When they put it on the sheet, the creature rolled about innocently.
Man’s Best Friend
After they saw the first baby, the firefighters realized what they were at last. They were puppies! The team had no idea how they got in there, but it was pretty clear that they had no business being there.
The firemen had a hard time believing what they were seeing. For one thing, they wondered if a person put them down there. After all, it was not uncommon for animals to get abandoned by the owners. There are times when owners dispose of the animals when they no longer want them.
Cold Hard Truths
Of course, the team held onto some hope that this was not the case. How heartbreaking would it be if this was true? The firefighters decided to speed up. They only wanted to ensure the safety of these puppies.
The situation was a great lesson for pet owners who are no capable of looking after their animals. It is not fine to leave your pet in such a dangerous environment. Hopefully, they were wrong about this.
In the beginning, the firemen did not know how many pups there were inside the grate. The only way to know was to get them all out. It was a good thing it was not deep, so it was not hard for them to do this.
The pups were probably very confused. They were in a cold, dark sewer one moment, and then a brighter environment full of people the next. The tiny pups huddled together to conserve their warmth. It was starting to look like they had been in the sewer for a few days.
The firemen were all confused about how the situation even happened. This was the reason they talked to the person that reported it. According to her, she saw the pups get swept away by a stream and into the storm drain during a spell of bad weather.
A Sigh of Relief
The firemen felt relieved to know that the pups had not been placed there on purpose. It changed a lot of things for them. It turned out that the pups were just too close to the storm drain at the wrong time.
Quick To Act
After seeing the pups get swept away, the woman tried to act as soon as she could. She attempted to catch up with the animals, but she was unable to get to them in time. Aside from that, she also tried opening the grate but did not have the proper tools to do so.
Calling in for Help
When she realized that she could not do it on her own, she asked for help instead. It was a good thing that the firemen knew what they needed to do about it. Not only that, but they also had the tools for the job! They were glad that this witness asked for help right away.
One To Remember
The crew also felt relieved when they heard about what happened to the animals. A person noticed that they were in danger and decided to help the poor creatures. The team hoped that everyone would do that if they ever found themselves in a similar situation.
The crew also wanted to know what kind of dogs these puppies were. The animals had black fur and short, wiry hair. In the end, they agreed that the pups were probably Labradors. Were they on the mark? You will find out the answer to that soon enough!
After taking all the pups out of the sewer, it was time to check if they were fine and healthy. The firemen took the pups to a Humane Society since they wanted to know the state of their health. How did it go?
It was a good thing that the pups were all in pretty good health. Not only were they not malnourished, but they were also strong and healthy! After hearing this, the firemen thought that their job was done.
Mark Jenkins, one of the firemen who helped with the rescue, left his number with the vets. They were meant to contact him for any updates about the pups. He was surprised to get a call from them so soon!
The vet was quick to reassure him that the pups were fine. It was a good idea to take them to the vet right away. What he said next, however, shocked Mark. It also made the fireman laugh to himself!
Mark did not expect what the vet had to say about the puppies. Apparently, they had been on the wrong track. They were no puppies! They were not even dogs. Mark was shocked when he heard this. If they were not dogs, what could they possibly be?
The vet then told Mark that the puppies were actually baby foxes! In particular, they were red foxes. The vet explained that fox cubs and pups tend to look alike when they are newborns. Red foxes, mind you, are not actually red all of the time.
Doing Something Good
Mark informed the team about what the vet told him. Of course, they could not believe the piece of news either. They were all so sure that the animals were puppies. At any rate, the crew just felt glad that they managed to save the poor creatures. Good job, team!
Even though the baby foxes got rescued, this is not the end of the story at all. According to the vet, it was possible that the mother was still in the area where they found the cubs. If they returned the babies there, the mother could still retrieve them.
Worth A Try
Even though it might sound like they were undoing their earlier work, the firemen were aware that this was the best route to reunite the foxes and their mother. Reluctantly, they placed the fox cubs back in the sewer drain. This time, they stuck around to keep an eye on them.
When the fox cubs were in the sewer once more, the team stayed nearby and waited patiently. They made sure to maintain a safe distance so that the mother would not get spooked. There was a chance that she would not come back for the babies before nighttime. It turned out to be a waiting game!
The Red Fox
The red fox is a smart and cunning animal that primarily stays inside the den in the day and only go out at night. Sadly, the team did not see any sign of her despite waiting through the night. They remained hopeful that she would come back in the morning instead.
Western European Fox
Red foxes are the only fox species native to Western Europe. There is also the Arctic fox that comes from Scandinavia. Let us not forget about the corsac fox, which hails from European Russia. Red foxes also distinguish themselves from other foxes by their size. They are the biggest ones among the true foxes.
After waiting for a significant amount of time, the team still had yet to see the mother. The fox cubs were calling out for her from below. Maybe the mother really did get spooked by what happened.
Everyone was starting to get impatient after waiting for her for a long time. After a couple of nights, they agreed that the mother would not be back for her babies. After some time, it was time for them to intervene once more. They did not want anything bad to happen to the fox cubs!
The Next Move
After agreeing on it, the firemen had to do something about it once more. The babies were brought out of the sewer and then dropped off at the Animal Clinic of Woodland Park. The clinic planned to help the fox cubs as much as they possibly could.
The clinic is used to rehabilitating different kinds of animals. For foxes and similar animals, the clinic staff raised the cubs until they get strong enough to survive in the wild. Even though the foxes were now in good hands, the story was not yet over.
This might be a funny story but let us not forget that it is also educational. The firefighters got to learn a lot of things over the course of this ordeal. There are so many things to learn about these animals. This would help the team deal with the animals when they need any help!
Even though the firefighters were surprised to have come across these baby foxes, animal experts were not shocked to hear this. According to them, the mother probably mated months before that and just gave birth to the cubs.
There was also something else about the story that failed to surprise animal experts. They were not shocked to hear that it happened in Colorado. After all, the state has a high fox population. Apparently, it boasts the perfect terrain for these animals.
Wildlife In Colorado
Apart from foxes, Colorado also boasts other wild animals like coyotes, deer, mountain lions, snakes, and bears. In general, people can coexist with wildlife. However, it is still important to remember that wild animals are not like domesticated pets. It is a good idea to simply leave these animals alone.
Dark And Cool
It does not sound likely that their mother left the fox cubs in the sewer grate on purpose. However, animal experts believe that there is a good reason if she did. Fox dens are generally cool and dark, so a sewer grate would have made a good one.
The mother fox probably made a mistake by going out and leaving the babies behind while looking for a den. Even though the sewer was cool and dark, this does not mean that it is a good spot to leave the poor fox cubs in that spot.
Place Of Birth
The story of the fox cubs started to get clearer and clearer with each puzzle piece. Even though it was hard to guess how they ended up in that area, there was a chance that they were born in the sewer. However, we still do not know if the fox cubs would be fine.
While the fox cubs were abandoned by their mother, there was still a chance that they will be fine. Even better, they already went through rehabilitation when they were young. This was actually a great idea!
The firemen were shocked to see these animals in the middle of such a busy city. However, this was not an uncommon thing. In growing cities, many animals like to roam since their normal habitats got overtaken by all the buildings.
To keep everything calm and prevent encounters with wild creatures, you should avoid some things. You should not feed them, keep your pet food in the house, and fill cracks and holes that are larger than a quarter of an inch! This is a good way to keep rats, snakes, mice, and bats out of your home.
Foxes are starting to be more comfortable in the city. This is the reason people start to think of them as pests and miscreants. Keep in mind that it gets harder for these animals to look for homes since their habitats are getting overtaken by cities and construction sites.
The woman who found the fox cubs got it right by enlisting the help of authorities. She did not try to handle it by herself. Instead, she asked for help from experts in this field. Many animals are better left alone, so do not be foolish and harm yourself in the process of helping out.
Not All Bad
A lot of times, people will stumble upon baby animals that are alone. When this happens, they often assume that the creatures are in trouble. This is not always true. There are some newborn animals that will be fine on their own for as much as 23 hours each day.
The fox cubs got a happy ending. How nice is that? There was a woman who cared enough about them to get help, as well as skilled firemen who got them out of the sewer. The babies were brought to safety thanks to the kindness of these people. The cubs can now grow up together without any fear!
Keeping An Eye Out
As cities are launched and expanded, let us not forget about the animals that struggle to find a home. If you ever come across an animal that looks out of place, you should not hesitate to seek help!