BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A cardboard box and just over an hour was all it took for Broomfield animal control officers to rescue several baby foxes from a window well.

Officers received the call from a homeowner in the Ridgeview Heights subdivision near West 13th Avenue and Nickel Court at about 10:20 a.m. on April 1.

"They saw [the foxes] in the window well. They were stuck in there," said Broomfield Animal Services Officer Donna Shepherd.

The two responding Broomfield animal control officers contacted Greenwood Wildlife Center to get advice on how to safely remove them.  

Baby foxes in window well
Courtesy Broomfield Animal Control

They then lowered a cardboard box into the window well, Shephard said, and were ultimately able to rescue the kits.

The officers then placed the box on the property, and the homeowner said the next day that they'd been reunited with their parents, Shephard said.

Baby foxes in window well
Courtesy Broomfield Animal Control

Foxes make their homes by digging burrows, called dens, in the ground. They are social creatures who like to stick together, according to Live Science.

Male foxes are called dogs, reynards or tods (think The Fox and the Hound). Females are called vixens. (Remember the female fox Tod meets at the end of the movie? Vixey. There you go.)

Foxes tend to hunt at night and can run up to 45 mph.

They are among several animals, such as coyotes, raccoons, owls and more, that call Broomfield home.

Broomfield Animal Services asks residents to ensure pets are kept current on vaccinations and to not try to handle

Residents who encounter wildlife should call the Broomfield Police Department or Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

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