Fox with Sarcoptic Mange

This summer, we documented a case about an extremely sick red fox. After several attempts, the fox was successfully trapped and brought to our centre. He had a severe case of mange, a parasitic skin mite that results in hair loss, crusty skin and emaciation.

Three weeks into treatment. Already a big improvement!

Three weeks into treatment. Already a big improvement!

Severe cases of mange can be fatal but the condition is easily treated, if caught in time, with the proper medication. After more than a month of medical treatment, the fox’s skin had improved, the hair had started growing back and he had gained weight. At release time, he bolted out of the cage, happy to be back on his home turf.