Surprise with fear: they found a fox in a company bathroom and took it to Temaiken

At the zoo they carried out studies and medical check-ups. where did he go

Several days have passed, but the news continues to surprise the community of San Martin, above all because of the urban physiognomy that predominates in the district. In the manufacturing areas that characterize this municipality, it is quite common to come across cats or rodents that roam the local sheds. However, on this occasion, an incident involving wildlife altered the daily work schedule when the factory employees alerted to the presence of an atypical animal in their work space: They found a small gray fox resting in the bathroom.

The unusual event occurred on Friday the 1st in the town of Villa Lynch. Those who witnessed the scene decided to notify the zoonosis staff of the municipality -one of the first actions they recommend taking in this type of case- and also to give food to the mammal that was very scared and disoriented. In addition, several of the workers commented that the animal remained with them while they waited for the corresponding medical assistance.

Once the specialists arrived at the factory, the fox, belonging to the species Lycalopex griseus, he underwent a general review that included blood tests and ultrasound scans that, fortunately, yielded satisfactory results and comments on a “good state of health”. After that intervention, he was sedated so that he could be transferred to the Temaikén Foundation, in escobarwhere he is currently, in order to assess how his rehabilitation is progressing and examine him daily to achieve his well-being.



Gray fox (Lycalopex griseus)

“He arrived on Friday, July 1. We noticed that he was docile, with signs of possible coexistence with humans, since he remains calm in the presence of people,” said the Operational Coordinator of the Temaikén Foundation’s Species Recovery Center, Lina Zabala, in dialogue with Clarion. He also added that this submissive attitude on the part of a wild animal is not usually a common pattern since they are not used to sharing spaces of human concurrence.

In this way, Zabala recalled and emphasized the importance of do not remove animals from nature. “It is not necessary to remove them from their habitat or buy wild species, since in addition to encouraging this illegal market, it threatens the conservation of biodiversity.”

On the other hand, and referring to the good use of the call by the employees to alert the Zoonosis team about the situation, he highlighted how valuable and effective it is to execute a quick to activate and notify specialists so they can provide the right advice. “In the case of seeing injured wild animals or puppies presumably lost or abandoned, you must contact the relevant local authorities.”

Illustrative photo of other foxes that have arrived in Temaikén.  They go through medical check-ups, blood tests and a quarantine period to rule out possible diseases that the animal is incubating at the time of admission.


Illustrative photo of other foxes that have arrived in Temaikén. They go through medical check-ups, blood tests and a quarantine period to rule out possible diseases that the animal is incubating at the time of admission.

In relation to the care that the fox will receive from now on in the Biopark in the northern zone, the veterinarian, Jennifer Zimmerman, and the veterinary assistant at the Hospital that contains Temaikén, Martín Gaubeca, indicated that must comply with a period of quarantine for two months to rule out possible diseases that may be incubating and that have not appeared in the first check-up. Once that stage has passed, and if everything is convenient for his release, he will receive a medical discharge.

“Like all the foxes we receive, we carry out clinical studies under anesthesia where we do a complete examination, blood extraction for general analysis and serology – a test that allows us to check the presence of antibodies in the blood – for infectious diseases such as leptospirosis; parvovirosis; brucellosis and infectious hepatitis”, they pointed out. At the time of her admission, the doctors in charge of monitoring her evolution also requested X-rays, ultrasounds, and an examination of the fecal matter.

As the veterinarians advanced about the health picture, the mammal is “fine, but on alert and quite attentive.” In this way, they confirmed that it will remain in the Temaikén Species Recovery Center (CRET) where they will evaluate its behavior over the days and above all, if it is fit to return to its natural habitat.

If he cannot subsist on his own on the land that used to guarantee him full security, he will have to readapt and develop a new lifestyle within the Biopark. “That is why it is important that people do not domesticate wild animals. Once they get used to humans, they do not survive on their own and gain the imprint of relating to them,” they highlighted.

Illustrative photo.  The foxes usually stay in enclosures while they await discharge in Temaikén


Illustrative photo. The foxes usually stay in enclosures while they await discharge in Temaikén

An event of similar characteristics occurred last month in the town of Milberg’s Corner of the party of Tiger. There they found a pampean gray fox. He was in charge of the municipal Citizen Protection Undersecretariat in conjunction with Civil Defense, who later referred the animal to the El Morejón Private Reserve.

“It is important to know that this species of fox is within its distribution zone, fulfilling a fundamental role in the balance of ecosystems, such as pest control,” they explained at the time from the Tigre Environment area. , which at the same time urged to “protect, care for and know” the native fauna.

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Surprise with fear: they found a fox in a company bathroom and took it to Temaiken


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