Fossey came to CCF in April 2007 with five other cubs of the same age from a farm in Gobabis, close to the Botswana border. They were in a 4 x 8 metre cage, with no sun and a concrete floor. They had been separated from an adult female; most likely their mother. All the cubs had severe calcium deficiency and some had minor rickets and minor cataracts because of malnutrition. Although the cubs were about a year old, they appeared to be only eight months because of their poor health. All of them got a lot better with a proper diet and lots of space to run around.
Fossey, along with his coalition mates, – males Livingstone, Mendel and Darwin, and females Kayla and Kiana – were trapped after they had been seen hunting Blesbok and Springbok. Whether the cubs and the adult female they were with were related is unclear but they were closely bonded to each other. Upon arriving at CCF it was decided to name the males after famous scientists and researchers and they are collectively known as the ‘Scientists’, and these males still all live together. Fossey has a very fluffy tail with a small white tip. He also has a slight scar running down the right side of his nose.