UPDATE: The injured baby cross fox brought to a Kewanee rescue has been euthanized.

According to the Hog Capitol Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Facebook page:

“It’s with an extremely heavy heart that we have to tell everyone, the world is minus one beautiful baby cross fox tonight,” says the Wednesday post. ” Even in the best of care with the highest technology, little man’s injuries were far greater than originally thought. He may have been able to live with only 3 legs, but the other ankle being broken put the odds against him”

“The most humane decision, but also the suckiest was to put him down while he was under anesthesia for exam. It was a very sad day all the way around. We were hoping and confident that the outcome would be better. Rest In Peace sweet angel.”

EARLIER: A rare baby cross fox was brought in to Hog Capitol Wildlife Rescue and Rehab in Kewanee recently with a badly broken leg. The bone is sticking out, so they assume he was hit by a car. They hope that either setting the bone or surgery can help him, but donations are needed to cover the costs of his recovery. Donations may be made through their Facebook book page here or by calling (309) 540-9126. The fox is considered rare because it’s a cross between a red and a silver fox.

(photo: Hog Capitol Wildlife Rescue and Rehab)

Austin Oaks Photography is offering a free 16×20 portrait from any of their wildlife images for the first three people to donate $200 or more to the fox’s recovery fund. Contact Austin Oaks Photography on Facebook to make arrangements to receive a portrait.