Sly Fox Returns to Staten Island Zoo

The vixen was trapped Sunday evening in the Brighton Heights neighborhood by zoo employees

Monday, Dec 2, 2013  |  Updated 10:53 PM EDT
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Staten Island Zoo officials are looking for a young fox that burrowed out of its enclosure. The 10-pound, 7-month-old fox is named Montana. Officials discovered that the furry escapee was missing on Monday. Marc Santia reports.

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Staten Island Zoo officials are looking for a young fox that burrowed out of its enclosure. The 10-pound, 7-month-old fox is named Montana. Officials discovered that the furry escapee was missing on Monday. Marc Santia reports.

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A sly fox that burrowed out of its enclosure has been returned to the Staten Island Zoo. 

The vixen, named Helena, was trapped Sunday evening by zoo employees in the Brighton Heights neighborhood. It will undergo a medical evaluation before returning to the exhibit. 

"Thanks to the community and our dedicated staff, Helena is safely back with her zoo family," zoo spokesperson Brian Morris said.

Officials discovered the 10-pound, 7-month-old fox was missing on Nov. 25.

Helena is one of two red foxes acquired by the zoo in July. They had been found wandering in the West Yellowstone area of Montana. Their mother was dead in a trap.

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