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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cantastic Mr Fox: Cub rescued after getting his head stuck inside a tin and walking blindly along 30ft ledge

By Tom Gardner

An animal rescuer saved the life of a fox cub that got its head stuck in a discarded tin... and almost plunged 30ft over a cliff in the process.

Wildlife Aid Foundation veterinary nurse Lucy Kells rushed from the charity’s base in Leatherhead, Surrey, when a resident spotted the cub in their garden with its head trapped in the empty can.

Despite its predicament, the cub was wandering around blindly and Lucy had to chase it into the bushes to catch it, unaware of the 30ft abyss a few inches away.

Canned: The fox cub had a lucky escape after getting its head stuck in an old tin can

Tight squeeze: Vet's nurse Lucy Kells came to the rescue and managed to pull the rusty can from the fox's head

She managed to clasp hold of a nearby tree with one hand and reach out for the sightless fox with the other.

Foundation boss Simon Cowell, who also went on the call, said ‘The next thing, I saw Lucy lying flat out, with one arm around the branch of a bush, and leaning over a thin wire fence that looked as if it was about to give way.

‘She called out "I’ve got him" but it was at that moment I saw that immediately beyond her was a 30ft drop.

‘Lucy is absolutely terrified of heights, but she had been so focused on saving the fox cub that she had not even noticed that there was a sheer drop.

‘She had got hold of the cub with one hand and the branch with the other. Luckily I was in the nick of time to grab both Lucy and the cub and pull them back to safety.’

The can was removed with the help of wife cutters and the male fox cub was released unharmed.

Call for help: The fox cub was spotted by a resident in their garden with its head trapped in the empty can

Relief: The fox looks a little worse for wear after being cut free from the tin can by founder of Wildlife Aid Foundation Simon Cowell, right



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