A FARMER saved four unborn fox cubs by performing an emergency Caesarean on their dead mother at the roadside.
Chris Rolfe, 24, was driving when he saw the vixen lying on the verge. He stopped to check, and although she was dead he noticed her stomach was moving.
Mr Rolfe, who had performed a C-section during lambing, ran to his car to get a knife. He cut the vixen open and pulled out the cubs, each measuring around 6in long, put them in his jacket pockets and drove them to his mum Jean Rolfe’s home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Mr Rolfe said: ‘I couldn’t think about it too much, I just had to perform the C-section because every minute is crucial.’
The cubs — named Ginger, Biscuit, Big Tip and Little Tip — are being hand-reared by Mrs Rolfe who fed them milk every 20 minutes to start with. Now seven weeks, they are being weaned ‘to get them ready for the wild’, she said.
The family is working with charity the Fox Project to get the cubs strong enough to be released at six months old.