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SAN DIEGO — A gray fox is back into the wild thanks to the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife team after they helped rehabilitate the animal.

Rescue officials say the fox was released Friday night on Mount Soledad in La Jolla — not far from where a good Samaritan initially found her struggling to walk.

San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement responded to rescue the approximately 12-week-old female fox.

Upon arrival to the San Diego Humane Society’s Bahde Wildlife Center in San Diego, rescue officials say she had an abnormal gait, using both hind legs at the same time — similar to bunny-hopping.

Wildlife veterinarians, concerned the animal was suffering from hip dysplasia or neosporosis, took radiographs, performed extensive bloodwork, and administered fluids and and a round of medications.

The lab work and radiographs ended up coming back normal, according to rescue officials, and the fox was taken to San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center for more space in a larger enclosure and additional observation.

After 10 days in Ramona, the fox had improved and was moving normal again.

To learn more about San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife program, visit