Not so cunning after all! Mischievous fox cub gets wedged between two brick walls for 24 hours until owner manages to free the panicked youngster from six-inch gap
- A female fox cub fell into a tiny gap in a house wall in Worthing, West Sussex
- Homeowners became aware when they heard the fox’s panicked cries
- The family suspected she’d been stuck for more than 24 hours so they fed her
- RSPCA inspector said he thinks the cub fell in while walking along the wall
A fox cub that fell into a six-inch gap between two walls and was trapped for more than 24 hours was finally freed with help from homeowners and the RSPCA.
The female cub had fallen into a tiny gap between the wall of a house and garage in Worthing, West Sussex.
The occupants heard the fox’s panicked cries and managed to locate the cub wedged between a six inch gap. The owner made a small hole in the wall and took out several bricks to reveal her head.
The family suspected she’d been stuck for more than a day so they fed her and watered her and confined her in the garden overnight in the hope that her mother would return to collect her.
But RSPCA inspector Andrew Kirby gave the unlucky animal a helping hand when he arrived at the home on April 30 and chipped off some of the mortar to wiggle her free.
The female cub had fallen into a tiny gap between the wall of a house and garage in Worthing, West Sussex
RSPCA inspector Andrew Kirby gave the unlucky animal a helping hand when he arrived at the home on April 30
Mr Kirby said: ‘The home owners became aware of the stricken fox cub after hearing her crying and managed to locate her stuck between two walls.
‘I suspect she was walking along the top of the wall when she fell into the gap and got stuck.
‘The gap was only around six inches and the more she wriggled the more wedged in she got.
‘The owner of the house managed to make a small hole in the wall and removed a couple of the bricks to reveal her little head but she was still stuck fast.’
Mr Kirby broke away some of the mortar and very carefully wriggled her free.
According to the RSPCA, foxes are a common sight in both countryside and urban areas and are one of Britain’s most popular mammals.
It is thought that more than 10,000 foxes live close to humans in London, while 33,000 live in urban areas across Britain.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: ‘To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep our animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.’
The fox is now being looked after at a rescue centre.
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