Thursday, 6 September 2012

RSPCA rescues 'embarrassed' fox with head trapped in floor

Builders discovered the animal's head poking out of a hole in a floorboard when they arrived to carry out renovation work on the room at the institution's de Havilland campus in Hatfield.

It is believed the fox had been trapped under the floor and spotted the hole as a possible escape route, only to discover it was not big enough for its body to fit through.

The builders called in the RSPCA to organise the rescue, and animal welfare officer Kate Wright admitted she was greeted by a 'very odd sight' when she arrived.

'Here was this fox's head poking out of a floor and he was so jammed he couldn't move, and I just had these big eyes staring at me,' she said.

'I actually think he had quite an embarrassed expression on his face.'

The builders used crowbars to lift the floorboard, which allowed Ms Wright to ease the fox's head free and transfer the animal to a cage, before it was released in a safe location.

She added: 'He was a beautiful fox, and although his neck was slightly swollen from being stuck, I think it was his pride that was hurt more than anything as he had been outfoxed by a hole.

'He ran off into the wild, and it was great to think that this was a successful rescue, even though it was one of the more unusual I have had to deal with.' 

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