Realization

Realization

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The firemen were exhausted after responding to several calls that night. But the puppies were so small, they all fit in their hands. As the creatures shivered, the firefighters used a wet cloth to clean their eyes. Then, each puppy was placed in a cardboard box lined with a blanket. The black puppies cried as they crawled across the blanket, looking for each other. Then, the firefighters discovered something shocking.

It’s A Tough Job

It’s A Tough Job

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Being a firefighter isn’t easy. They have to undergo a lot of training and pass a bunch of tests before they can put their lives on the line on a regular basis. Written exams include about 100 multiple choice questions based on spatial awareness, memory, logic and reasoning. The physical ability test includes climbing stairs while lifting 200 pounds too. The dangers they face constantly is difficult. But some calls are like a breath of fresh air from all the doom and gloom they see daily.

All In A Day’s Work

All In A Day’s Work

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Firefighters often get called to the scene of wildfires, accidents, and animals who are trapped. There isn’t a whole lot that surprises these heroes. They’ve rescued countless people in dire situations. But this doesn’t make their job any less terrifying. But they’re fearless. And they ensure homes don’t go up in flames by fitting fire alarms inside houses. But things happen that shocked even the most experienced firefighters.

Animal Rescuers

Animal Rescuers

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Firefighters have rescued animals stuck on roofs, trees, pipes, under buildings. You name it, they’ve done it. They’ve helped budgies, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, parrots, pigeons, turtles, cats, dogs, and even fish. The Colorado Springs Firefighters are local heroes to the human community as well as animals. Sadly, not every animal they’ve rescued has been fortunate enough to have a human family.

Squeals Of Distress

Squeals Of Distress

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Worried civilians reached out to the Colorado Springs Firefighters about a bunch of puppies who were stuck in a storm drain. The rescuers arrived at the scene right away. And meters away, they could hear the squeals coming from the puppies. The firefighters got on their knees and started searching for the animals. The puppies were in grave danger because they were young, and predators lurked everywhere. Time was running out.

Search And Rescue

Search And Rescue

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Some of the firefighters went looking for the creatures’ mother while the others took the puppies from the drain. Almost all of the puppies squirmed as they were taken away and placed in a cardboard box with a fresh towel. Fire Captain Brian Vaughan said that the puppies were very skinny and covered with soot. They appeared to cuddle with one another for comfort and warmth. But the firefighters grew concerned.

Something Odd

Something Odd

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Bystanders watched with relief as the firefighters rescued what they believed to be black Labrador puppies. Like most puppies, these creatures appeared to be deaf and blind. Their eyes were closed and they didn’t react to noises. But they were also very small. In fact, their heads were larger than their bodies and they had really long tails. Then, they saw one lying in a corner, and it was all alone.

What Happened To Them?

What Happened To Them?

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Vaughan held one of the small pups in his hand as he used a damp cloth to clean its face. But he worried. Had these animals been abandoned or abused? Was their mother hurt? Was she even alive? He had witnessed plenty of cruelty towards animals. In fact, animals were often injured on Halloween, which is why he disliked that holiday. But had these creatures fallen victim to a cruel fate?

A Safe Haven

A Safe Haven

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All nine puppies were recovered by the firefighters twenty minutes later. Both the Colorado Springs firefighters and the community, in general, were happy everything turned out okay. Then, the firefighters took the pups to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Over the years, the animal welfare group had provided shelter for animals in South Carolina that were abused or abandoned. Firefighters came here often, but these creatures were rare.

Revelation

The creatures had made it to the Humane Society, but they were dirty, tired, hungry, and cold. So, each puppy got a check-up before being placed in a nice warm bed. They were scared. Then again, they were only a couple of weeks old. Their hair was short and black. That’s when they noticed that these creatures weren’t puppies. Brian Vaughan said, “No, these aren’t Labradors, these are foxes.”

Where’s The Mother?

Where’s The Mother?

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Fox mothers tend to flee when their cubs are disturbed. But they’ll watch from a distance, and once she feels it’s safe, she’ll return to her litter. This meant that the mother of these cubs was wandering around when people gathered to help the cubs in distress. She had probably waited for everyone to leave so she could get to her cubs and take them to safety. But she was too afraid to come back as the crowd grew.

Returning To The Scene

Returning To The Scene

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The firefighters were shocked by the true nature of the animals, but were glad that they hadn’t been abused. They had seen too many animals injured throughout their career, and they were tired of it. Now, they had to go back to the scene and look for the cubs’ mom. But she was nowhere in sight. Fortunately, there were plenty of foxes in Colorado Springs.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

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The wildlife of Colorado Springs varies as one gets closer to the bottom of the Rocky Mountains. Locals often spot foxes on the edge of the city late at night, which isn’t odd since the animals are nocturnal creatures. But during winter, the foxes get closer to buildings and homes to look for food and other provisions. But rarely had anyone seen cubs like these, including the firefighters. So, they couldn’t believe how fortunate they were.

The Birthing Area

The Birthing Area

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Travis Sauder, a manager from Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife, had this to say about the local animals. “This time of year, there are a lot of animals that are starting to have their young. [Mothers] have [their young] in small dens that are places that we can encounter when we’re recreating in the outdoors like we like to do." But what would happen to this litter?

All Hope Is Not Lost

All Hope Is Not Lost

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The cubs are being cared for by veterinarians of the Humane Society. Unfortunately, the rescuers’ attempt to find the mother was unsuccessful. But Terri Collins, the center’s co-founder, shared how they intended to help the cubs who were staying at the Animal Clinic of Woodland Park. “We hope to be able to rescue all of them.” Hopefully, there’s still a chance that these creatures will find their way back to their mother.

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