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

In 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, especially because of the urban physiognomy that predominates in the district. In the manufacturing areas that characterize this municipality, it is quite common to run into cats or rodents that pass through the local sheds. However, on this occasion, an incident involving wildlife altered daily work life when the factory employees alerted 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 municipality’s Zoonosis staff -one of the first actions they recommend taking in this type of case- and also 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, underwent a general check-up 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 check him daily to ensure his well-being.



Gray fox (Lycalopex griseus)

“He arrived on Friday, July 1. We noticed him 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 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 with human concurrence.

In this way, Zabala recalled and emphasized the importance of do not remove animals from the wild. “You must not 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 trigger and notify specialists so that they can provide the appropriate advice. “In the event of seeing injured wild animals or suspected lost or abandoned puppies, contact the relevant local authorities.”

Illustrative photo of other foxes that have arrived at 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 at 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 North Zone Biopark, the veterinarian, Jennifer Zimmerman, and the veterinary assistant of the Hospital that contains Temaikén, Martín Gaubeca, indicated that must comply with a quarantine period for two months to rule out possible diseases that may be incubating and that have not been included in the first check-up. Once this stage is over, and if everything is convenient for his release, he will be discharged.

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

According to the veterinarians about the health picture, the mammal is “well, but in a state of 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 as the days go by and, above all, if it is fit to return to its natural habitat.

If he cannot survive 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’s why it’s important that people don’t tame wild animals. Once they get used to humans, they don’t survive on their own and gain the imprint of interacting with them,” they stressed.

Illustrative photo.  The foxes usually stay in enclosures while they wait for their discharge in Temaikén


Illustrative photo. The foxes usually stay in enclosures while they wait for their 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 pampas gray fox. He was in charge of the municipal Citizen Protection Undersecretary in conjunction with Civil Defense, who then referred the animal to the El Morejón Private Reserve.

“It is important to know that this species of fox is found within its distribution area, 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 the bathroom of a company and took it to Temaiken


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