Tame foxes stolen from Cheshire wildlife hospital
Two foxes have been stolen from a wildlife hospital near Knutsford.
The animals – which were tame and named Alice and Rift – where stolen by intruders who broke open their pens at Lower Moss Wood Educational Nature Reserve and Wildlife Hospital.
The foxes were taken on Friday after volunteers arrived to find their pens empty and the locks of their doors smashed the next morning.
It is assumed that they have been stolen rather than let go as they have not been spotted in the vicinity of the wildlife hospital.
Alice had been at the sanctuary for three years after being raised at home by someone who found her as a cub. Rift was brought in last year following bite injuries to his ear.
The foxes have previously been featured in BBC’s Countryfile before the theft.
The centre has been a target of thefts in the past, after another fox was stolen three years ago.
Cheshire Police are currently investigating a report of two foxes “having been released or stolen.”
A fundraising page has been set up which has raised over £10,000 in just two days. The money will be used for fund CCTV, alarms and secure enclosures at the centre.