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Good Samaritan Thought She Was Rescuing Kittens but These Babies Were a Different Animal

Earlier this spring, a good Samaritan who was hoping to rescue a kitten ended up with a very different kind of baby cat.

Jennifer Armbruster, senior manager of public relations for the Arizona Humane Society He told Fox News Digital in an email.“Last week a good Samaritan found a den full of little baby animals behind a shed.”

She thought she was rescuing a kitten.

She noticed a nest of furry babies near her property. South Mountain, Phoenix, ArizonaNot knowing what to do, the woman took the animals to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), where she believed they were orphaned and domesticated animals.

Upon arriving on scene, AHS staff quickly realized the two kittens were not kittens at all, but foxes. Armbruster said:“The tiny cubs were then transported to the Southwest Wildlife Centre where they were identified as grey foxes and undergo rehabilitation and [be] Once they are old enough to live independently, they will be released back into the wild.”

Jennifer said it’s important to remember that animal mothers are giving their kittens the best chance for survival. Late spring and summer is when “kitten season” begins in most areas, and it can last into the fall. So a female cat who lives outdoors might give birth to three kittens in a typical six-month breeding season. That’s a lot of kittens.

Kittens may be left alone while their mother is out hunting or searching for water.

According to Austin Cannon: Daily Pause“When an outdoor mother cat gives birth to kittens, she will build a nest-like structure for her little family. It’s common for kittens to stumble into this little home when they’re alone, and that’s normal. The mother cat needs to hunt and find water, not to mention she may be nearby waiting for you to leave.”

Jennifer Armbruster says it’s best to leave the kitten alone, as there’s a good chance the mother will return. But if she doesn’t return within eight hours, “the kitten is likely orphaned.”

Care-in-place kits for kitten rescue

The Arizona Humane Society and other animal rescue groups offer Care-in-Place Kits that can be used to care for orphaned kittens who are too young to be spayed or neutered, which is a great tool for kitten rescue.

The Good Samaritan in Arizona did not know the pups he found were wild animals, but anyone who believes they have found an orphaned animal that should be released back into the wild should contact wildlife rescue groups for assistance.

“And the LORD God made out of the earth every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what the man would call them; and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was its name.” Genesis 2:19

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