One hundred and seventy four foxes are feeling freedom for the first time after being rescued from a fur farm.
Videos of the white foxes being freed from the tiny cages they lived show the foxes being let out at a Buddhist nursery garden, the temporary shelter that will house them until a special enclosure can be built for them by their rescuers in China.
The foxes were rescued in China by animal activist Bohe, as identified by Karen Gifford, an animal rescuer who helps raise awareness and support Bohe in her efforts saving dogs from dog meat farms in the country.
The farmed foxes are domestically bred, “born in the spring and skinned in the winter” Gifford revealed on Facebook. “It’s horrifying for sure.”
As the animals are not wild they cannot be set loose in the wild. Instead, the foxes will be given a sanctuary to live out the rest of their days.
Gifford revealed the foxes were rescued after Bohe and her supporters learned that the fox farmers were closing their business because they weren’t making enough money.
The 174 foxes were loaded onto trucks and transported to the Buddhist Jilin Nursing Garden in Mudanjiang, China.
Once they arrived at the garden, they were set free.
Gifford shared the videos and photos she was sent showing the foxes being let out of the cages for the first time in their lives.
“Tears of joy!!! Omg omg omg can you imagine??? They are born in the spring and skinned in the winter! But because of Bohe and her supporters in China and my supporters here too these foxes will be safe from harm and fed for the rest of their lives! These precious creatures now being able to run and play and live.”
One video shows a Buddhist monk kneeling among the just-freed foxes.
The foxes can be seen roaming the grounds and being fed and cared for by the rescuers.
Presently, Gifford is asking supporters for help to raise funds for dog food to feed the foxes details of which can be found in the post below.