A wildlife charity saved two fox cubs from a garden in Crawley after building work scared off their mother.
The cubs were found in the garden in Gossops Green by workmen who were building a new fence.
Named Sooty and Sweep because of the noises they made, the male and female cubs, who were just a few days old, were taken in by Care For The Wild, where wildlife carer Tarnya Knight fed them by hand.
But the story didn’t end there.
Tarnya said: “We didn’t want to give up the chance that the mother might take one or both of these cubs back.
“So our volunteer Paul took them back to the garden where they came from and sat out during the evening, hoping that the mother would come back. We kept the cubs warm on heat pads and hoped for the best.
“Wonderfully, the mother did come back, but she was only able to take the boy, Sooty, back into the trees with her. That’s a great result for us, as people don’t realise that it’s possible to re-unite a mother and cub in this way.
“As for Sweep, she’s back with me now. She’ll soon go to the Fox Project, who will look after her until she’s able to look after herself and be released back into the wild. The brother and sister are going to have very different experiences now, but who knows, maybe they’ll meet each other again one day!”
To see video of Sweep being fed, log on to YouTube.