Fox shot in the eye by ‘scumbags’ at wildlife park left fighting for life

A fox found with an eye injury at a wildlife park is fighting for its life after being shot.

The animal was first brought to Blyth Wildlife Rescue on Thursday February 4 after the fox was discovered injured on a residential estate near the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton, North Tyneside.

A member of the public handed over the animal to the rescue centre who conducted X-rays which later showed evidence of a pellet lodged behind the eye socket.

Rescue workers now fear the animal could soon be put down as the team assesses the damage to her brain, surrounding tissue and infection.

A spokesperson said the fox was "hiding under a hedge in broad daylight" and on closer inspection "seemed to be very disorientated and have an injury."

The centre realised the "eye was actually gone" and what remained was "infected tissue," ChronicleLive reports.

Sadly, the fate of the fox is unknown as she is "otherwise a healthy fox" but the "trauma" animal's injury may be too much.

The charity added: "We are horrified that this fox has been shot and injured in such a way, and we absolutely condemn the actions of anyone who is prepared to harm such wonderful animals."

Workers at the centre have now been in contact with other groups across the country seeking advice on the animal's suitability for release.

"At the moment this seems unlikely but we are doing everything we can and continue to seek advice from the relevant bodies," a spokesperson said.

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The fox's injury was shared on social media channels and has shocked scores of people across the region.

One wrote on Facebook: "What on earth possesses people to inflict such harm on any animal is totally beyond me."

A second said: "Disgusting, why would someone think this is acceptable to do. Poor fox, the pain must have been unbearable."

Anyone wishing to support Blyth Wildlife Rescue can do so by texting “BLYTHWILDLIFE” followed by £2 / £5 / £10/£20 to 70085. More information can be found here.

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