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Knoxville neighborhood comes together to save foxes from mange

Sequoyah Hills neighbors communicate to save two foxes from potentially deadly mange
Published: May. 14, 2021 at 11:17 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 1:12 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - In the late winter of 2020 two Sequoyah Hills neighbors saw foxes in their neighborhood that just didn’t look right.

”You see pictures of foxes in National Geographic and nature magazines and they’re fluffy and bright and healthy and these were not,” said Kim Campbell, one of the neighbors and an admitted animal lover.

Campbell and her neighbor talked, while also sharing their plan with the neighborhood to track down the two animals and find a way to save them.

Through Facebook messages, calls, and trail cams they found out the two foxes were suffering from mange, a condition that could eventually kill them.

Campbell talked with her veterinarian and then devised a plan to save them.

”The neighbor had actually done it before when she lived in Kansas and so we got together and kinda messaging each other and form a plan and kinda figure where the foxes are hanging out the most,” said Campbell.

The two got the needed medicine, paid for out of their own pockets, and then placed the injected food near where they saw pictures of the two layings down.

”We started putting medicated eggs with medication from our vet out at night,” said Campbell.

The group had only a few shots, but over time they started to see a remarkable turnaround from the two.

”It’s an animal, it’s alright, he can’t take himself to the vet,” said Campbell with a smile.

Overall it took just four months in total, to study, work up a plan, and get the food to the two animals.

Now, with a resurgence of foxes in the neighborhood, Campbell hopes the work done one year ago is spurring the turnaround.

”Yea, they could be related, it may be them it may be their children, I don’t know,” said Campbell.

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