COUNTY NEWS: Fox cub ‘screaming in pain’ after it gets wedged

Fox cub wedged. Picture supplied by the RSPCA

Fox cub wedged. Picture supplied by the RSPCA

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A fox cub had to be rescued in the early hours of Sunday morning (August 16) after it got wedged in a tiny gap between a garage and a house.

“The RSPCA was called just before 2am after a member of the public heard the wild animal screaming in pain,” said a spokeswoman from the charity.

Fox cub wedged. Picture supplied by the RSPCA

Fox cub wedged. Picture supplied by the RSPCA

She said they found the six month-old fox trapped in a three-inch gap at a home in Saltdean, near Brighton, and called the fire brigade for assistance.

RSPCA inspector Marie Stevens said: “It was touch-and-go whether this little animal was going to survive this mishap, due to how severely he was wedged into that tiny space.

“He was completely pinned by his head, shoulders and hips. We don’t know how he got himself so stuck, but there was no way he was getting out by himself.

“The team from Rottingdean fire and rescue did a fantastic job. They spent more than an hour bashing through the garage wall to reach him unscathed. They had to remove bits of concrete, as the fox couldn’t be reached at all.

“I was so relieved when we got to him, and found him uninjured. We checked him over, and gave him some food and water, and were then able to release him back into the wild to live another day, seemingly unperturbed by the whole middle-of-the-night adventure.”

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