Loudoun County animal watch

May 8, 2013

These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services. For information on the county shelter’s hours and location, adoption and licensing, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering, call 703-777-0406 in eastern Loudoun or 540-882-3211 in western Loudoun.

Baby skunks rescued: Benton Ct., Sterling, April 26. Two baby skunks were left behind when their mother was removed by a pest control company. The mother skunk had been living under the deck of a house, and the deck had been removed that day. An animal control officer took the baby skunks to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Can-do attitude pays off: Silverwood Terr., Leesburg, April 27. A kitten got its head stuck inside a ravioli can. An animal control officer confined the kitten and tried to remove the can by using vegetable oil. The can was too small to be pulled off the kitten’s head and had to be cut. The kitten, which was not injured, did not match any lost-cat reports.

Pretty foxy, for a baby: Waterbeach Pl., Sterling, April 27. A baby fox fell into a window well at a house. The caller had placed a board near the window well so that the fox could get out, but the animal had not moved. An animal control officer found that the fox had exited the window well on its own.

Probably not the same baby fox: Silcott Springs Rd., Purcellville, April 27. A caller reported an apparently injured baby fox lying along the side of a road. An animal control officer determined that the fox was uninjured and could be returned to the wild.

Rabbits’ home is remodeled: Golf View Dr., Chantilly, April 27. A caller said he accidentally mowed over a nest of baby rabbits and was afraid they were injured. An animal control officer examined the bunnies, which showed no signs of injury. The babies were put back into the nest with their mother’s fur. No follow-up was deemed necessary.

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