“Can I see? Wait, there’s no shafts? it just.. grows in two colours?” “Er. Not exactly.” “The other humans’ plumage isn’t near this bright. Are you a born leader?” “HAH. no.” “It signifies caste, then? Or a mating display?!” “Not even close. I went out and paid an artisan to apply a harsh chemical to rip out my natural colouration, then apply this artificial one.” “That sounds.. unpleasant.” “Yeah it burned like a <<dog?>>, my scalp was tender for days after.” “If it doesn’t create any advantages, what’s the point?” “Ah, it just looks <<rutting>> <<cold>>. What other reason do we need?” “..humans are weird. .. .. .. do you think it would work on feathers?”
This poor fox was brought into the centre recently by the RSPCA after being found with a leg injury.
Our vet, Emma, was quickly on hand and gave the fox a thorough examination. The poor vixen not only had several large wounds in her leg, but also had signs of mange and required urgent treatment.
After shaving and cleaning the wounds, Emma wrapped the leg in a padded, wet bandage and gave the fox medication for her pain and mange. She was placed on a course of antibiotics before being moved into one of our fox pens for some rest.