The red fox is recuperating at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons in Hampton Bays, where he is being treated for mange.
According to Dr. Bethany Rottner of the rescue center, the young fox—which they estimate was born earlier this year—is slightly smaller than the average fox. However, part of his malnourished look can be attributed to the mange—a skin condition caused by a mite bite that can cause the mammal to lose its hair.
On Monday afternoon, Dr. Rottner said in addition to the condition, which is primarily on his legs and tail, the fox is suffering from secondary skin conditions. He is being treated for the mange and is on a round of antibiotics for his skin.
Dr. Rottner could not speculate as to why the fox was roaming around the village, but did say there have been quite a few foxes at the Wildlife Rescue Center this summer, and added the foxes might be traveling into the village in search of food.
UPDATE, Monday, 11:40 a.m.
The fox was captured by police and a representative of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons for evaluation. It is unclear what condition the fox, which was captured by net at approximately 11 a.m., was in.
A red fox that appeared to be in malnourished, not to mention out of his element, has growled at Southampton Village Police officers Monday morning who approached it, trying to get it to move off a village street until town Animal Control officers could capture it.
The fox took to lounging in the roadway on Boden Square on Monday morning, narrowly dodging the wheels of several cars whose drivers apparently didn’t notice the animal sitting in the roadway. Village Police officers repeatedly flushed the fox, which was unusually skinny for the species, off the roadway and into a nearby parking lot, only to have it trot around them and back into the roadway.