The Colorado Springs Fire Department is always ready to help when the going gets tough. However, this SOS call was about to be nothing like they have encountered in the past. They went to the scene and started to retrieve eight pups trapped inside a sewer. It was only later that they realized a particularly odd detail about the whole situation. None of them expected that the helpless creatures were not puppies, after all.
We bet you already know this, but we would like to emphasize it a little more. Firemen are not only responsible for containing fires. They also lend their hands in other circumstances. Moreover, did you know that they don’t only help humans?
Not Just Fires
They do not only put out fires, but they also help out in other big and small ways to make everyone’s lives better. They are the ones we turn to when it comes to new building inspections, hazardous material responses, and even medical emergencies.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department wants to attend to those in need as soon as possible, which is why they have emergency response resources across the city. This method allows them to reach any place in the city in a matter of 8 minutes in nearly all cases.
It is important for the fire department to have the necessary equipment to help out in all sort of situations. Do you want to know the heavy-duty equipment CSFD has? They are equipped with 22 engine companies, 11 brush trucks, 6 truck companies, 3 medical squads, 1 air supply truck, 1 hose wagon, 1 hazardous materials decontamination vehicle, 1 hazmat team, and 1 HeavyHazmate team. Whew! Of course, these things would not matter if they did not have the brave and talented people operating them.
Just A Normal Day
In the beginning, it seemed like it was going to be a regular day for the people at the Colorado Spring Fire Department. They had no way of finding out that it was going to be a strange day. This rescue would not go as expected and give the day an interesting twist.
There was nothing unusual about the CSFD receiving a call about animals. It only took them several minutes before they addressed the request. It is common sense that they could help the animals sooner if they got there earlier. However, they had no clue it was going to be a unique case.
Firefighters are actually pretty careful when it comes to saving animals. After all, they are just like humans because they all have different personalities and responses. When they feel they are in danger, some creatures react with aggression. Firefighters need to follow rules to keep both of them safe.
This was what the firefighters had been thinking about when they handling a situation like this one. Safety is their top priority. The team had no idea what specific animal was in there, so they responded to the call prepared for all kinds of scenarios.
Although that might sound a bit dangerous to us, the firefighters did not feel nervous. It did not sound like anything unusual, after all. With their experience, they knew they could deal with these animals.
They did not hesitate when they hopped into the truck and drove to the location the caller told them. They found the trapped animals inside a storm grate. Things could have gotten worse for them if it rained.
The Clock Is Ticking
Without rain, the animals were in no danger at that exact moment. However, the hole was cold, deep, and dark. They knew they had to get them to safety right away. The firefighters now had to come up with a plan to do this.
The firemen could tell that they were dealing with small creatures here. After all, the animals could not get out even though the grate was not very deep. They knew one or two men could do the job. They began prepping for the rescue.
The first step was to raise the storm grate to get to the bottom. They could clearly hear the animals crying. It was at that point they realized they were babies! This made them wonder how on earth they got there.
They could not tell how these helpless animals made their way into the storm grate. Wild animals often stay away from areas like this one in general. There was also the matter of their missing mother.
The firefighters had not figured out what the animals were just yet. They were focused on understanding the space to figure out the best way to go about it. Clearly, there wasn’t a dad or mom around.
A Difficult Situation
The firefighters were surprised the babies survived in the sewer full of dirt and garbage. There was no sign of food anywhere as well. They did not know if they’d do okay, but they wanted to at least help.
The firefighters deliberated how to approach the current situation. If their mother was nearby, she might want to save her babies on her own. They knew she could return later and then abandon the babies if they were the ones to do it. Time was running out and they needed to decide.
The firefighters were unsure about the kind of animals they were dealing with. The only thing they knew was they needed to help the poor creatures then and there. What were they going to do?
It was time to reach a decision. Is it wiser to abandon the babies and pray the mother comes back for them? Or should they just rescue them? One thing was for sure – the babies needed help.
If they wanted to see what the animals were, they had to pull them out. Wild animals had a better chance of surviving on their own. Domestic ones, however, would need plenty of help.
The rescuers did not forget to wear gloves in their attempt to get them out. It was important to avoid getting human scents on the animals. There was a sheet by the entrance to pull them out as well.
The firefighters slowly reached down and pulled out the first baby animal from below. They were taken aback after noticing how small it was. They put it on the sheet, and it rolled around there.
Man’s Best Friend
At long last, they could take a look at the animals they were rescuing. They were dogs. They still had no idea why and how the puppies got there, although they knew they shouldn’t have been in the sewer.
The firefighters refused to believe what they were seeing. They started to worry that the owners of the litter left them there to abandon them. We know it is tragic, but this is a pretty common occurrence.
Cold Hard Truths
The firemen still had some hope that it was all a huge understanding. How heartbreaking would it be to be abandoned by your owner like that? They sped things up to ensure their safety as soon as possible.
We hope that bad pet owners learn from this. If you can no longer care for your pets, do not simply leave them in such an unfit place. There are other things you can do that would be safer for them.
Initially, the firemen did not know how many pups there were inside. The only way to figure this out was to wait until they got each and every single one. Luckily, it was not hard as the sewer wasn’t too deep.
We’re sure they felt confused about the whole thing. After all, they were sitting in the cold, dark sewer one second and the next thing they know, there are people everywhere. They also huddled for warmth.
They still had no clue how the pups got there, so they asked the witness about it. According to the caller, she witnessed the puppies get swept into the storm drain when the weather had been bad.
A Sigh of Relief
They were delighted to hear that their expectations regarding the situation were wrong. It gave them a new perspective on it. Apparently, the pups had simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Quick To Act
When the woman witnessed them be swept away, she tried her best to rescue them on her own. She was not fast enough to catch them in time, however. Neither did she have the tools to open the grate.
Calling in for Help
She soon realized she could not save the puppies on her own, so she called the fire station. Luckily, they had the proper equipment and knew how to use them. They were glad she called them right away!
One To Remember
You can imagine how relieved the crew had been to hear the truth. She noticed some puppies in danger and immediately helped them out. Let us hope that this is going to be commonplace among us!
The firemen also tried to figure out the breed of the pups. They all came with short and wiry hair, so Labrador was their first. At that point, they did not know that a surprise was headed their way!
After the rescue mission was over, their next job was to ensure the safety and health of all the puppies. They took the litter to a Human Society, where they could if there was anything wrong with them.
They were glad to hear that the puppies were in good shape. They were not only of a healthy weight, but they were also strong! Now that they know this, the firemen thought their job was already over.
Mark Jenkins, who was on the squad, gave the doctors his number. He wanted them to send updates after they left the puppies in their care. He had no idea what was in store for him when they called.
Knowing he might worry, the vet informed him the puppies were alright. According to him, it was good that they took them to him. However, Mark received an incredible piece of information during that call.
According to the vet, he made a surprising discovery about the litter of puppies they brought to him. They weren’t puppies at all, apparently! They weren’t even dogs. Mark couldn’t believe it. What exactly were these animals then?
According to the vet, they were not puppies – they were baby foxes! If you want the details, they are red foxes. Although they don’t look the same as adults, they tend to look similar when they are young.
Doing Something Good
Mark informed the team about the amazing piece of news. His colleagues could not believe what they just heard as well. They were all certain they were puppies! Despite this, they did not regret the rescue.
Although the cubs were now safe from harm, there was more to the story. The vet told them that there was a chance the mother was looking for them. They had to put them back in the drain just in case.
Worth A Try
We know it sounds likes a complete undoing of their rescue, but the firemen knew it was important to reunite the babies and their mother. They went ahead and put the babies in the sewer drain again.
After putting the babies in the sewer once more, the team kept watching. They went somewhere far enough that they would not spook the mother. Nighttime was their best bet, so they had to wait until then.
The Red Fox
The red fox is one smart animal that only goes out at night and stays inside during the day. Sadly, they did not see her over the course of the night. They could only hope she came in the morning.
Western European Fox
In Western Europe, red foxes are the only ones native to the region. On the other hand, the Arctic fox hails from Scandinavia and the corsac fox comes from Russia. Red foxes also happen to be bigger than most.
They waited and waited, but the mother fox did not arrive. They could even hear the cubs calling for her. They knew it was possible she felt spooked by the events that went down earlier in the day.
It is understandable when everyone started to run out of patience. After several nights of waiting, they felt like she was not going to return for the cubs. The team knew it was time to do something.
The Next Move
After the decision was finalized, they retrieved the foxes once more. The team took the cubs out of the sewer and took them to the Animal Clinic of Woodland Park. The babies would be safe and fed there.
The clinic has a reputation for rehabilitating different animals. For foxes, they help raise them until they are independent enough to survive in the wild. They were now safe, but there is more to the story.
Not only is this story funny, but it is also rather educational. The firefighters learned a lot about them during the ordeal. We all still have so much to learn about animals in the wild and how to help them.
It was a huge surprise to the team to find baby foes, but animal experts are not so surprised. According to them, the mother probably mated several months earlier and just gave birth to these cubs.
The same experts were not surprised to hear that this happened in Colorado. After all, the state has a reputation for the fox in the area. The mountains and hills there are great dens for the foxes.
Wildlife In Colorado
Foxes are not the only animals you will find in Colorado. There are also deer, coyotes, snakes, bears, and mountain lions! These wild creatures can coexist with humans, but only if we stay far away from them.
Dark And Cool
Although it is not likely that she left her cubs there on purpose, it is possible that she did so with good intentions. After all, sewer grates are cool and dark, just like how foxes want their dens to be.
If anything, the mother fox could have left the babies there while she looked for a better den. Although the sewer was cool and dark, that was where the similarities ended. It was not a good den, after all.
Place Of Birth
More and more, the story of the cubs was coming together at last. No one is sure how they got there, but it was possible that their mother gave birth to the cubs down the sewer.
The baby foxes might have been abandoned, but we are not too worried about them. They will probably be fine. After all, it helps that they experienced serious rehabilitation when they were just little cubs.
One thing that contributed to their surprise was finding the cubs in such a busy city. We’ll have you know it is actually not uncommon. Growing cities often have animals roaming where their habitats used to be.
While we should let them be, do not forget to secure your house from wildlife encounters. You should avoid feeding them, keep pet food inside the house, and fill holes larger than a quarter of an inch.
More and more, foxes are becoming common sights in urban areas. This is why many now consider them pests. However, remember that they are only looking for homes since construction sites are taking over their natural habitats.
The woman who called the fire station did the correct thing. She did not try to do things on her own and got in touch with the experts. Let us leave animals alone unless we know what we are doing!
Not All Bad
Some people instinctively think baby animals on their own automatically needs some kind of help. Keep in mind that this is not necessarily true. Newborns are normally left on their own for nearly the whole day.
In the end, we think the fox cubs did not get such a bad deal. They did make a stranger worry after them enough to get in touch with people who could help them. That doesn’t sound bad at all to me!
Keeping An Eye Out
Now that urbanization appears to be the trend, remember that animals lose their habitats in the process. Do not hesitate to get in touch with experts if you find an animal that seems to be out of place.