Fox rescued after it got its head stuck in a wheel for ‘several days’ as sister refused to leave his side

Fox rescued after it got its head stuck in a wheel for ‘several days’ as sister refused to leave his side



A mischievous fox cub had to be rescued after it got his head wedged in a car wheel in a shed in Orpington. The RSPCA was called and an officer rushed to help the young fox escape.

The rescuer found the fox cub’s sister waiting anxiously by her brother’s side as she refused to leave him alone in Bromley. Rodney Kenny used soap and was able to gently ease him out.

Rodney said: “This little chap had put his head through the middle hole of the wheel, but to his dismay, then found he couldn’t get it back out again.” He continued: “The residents had also discovered his sister in the shed, anxiously watching her brother. I knew that there was no time to spare.

The RSPCA was called to help the stuck fox cub (Image: Grahame Larter)
The RSPCA was called to help the stuck fox cub (Image: Grahame Larter)

“It is likely he had been trapped for several days without food or water, so the little fox needed to be freed as soon as possible.” As the callers hadn’t seen the cubs’ mother for some time, the RSPCA decided to take both into care. The incredible rescue from April 18, 2022, made the list of the RSPCA’s ‘funniest top animal rescues of 2022’.

In 2022, the charity’s officers were called to thousands of incidents, including many in which birds, wildlife, pets and farm animals have found themselves in a sticky situation. Dermot Murphy, RSPCA Inspectorate Commissioner, said: “With our teams out rescuing animals from danger and suffering 365 days a year, we’re often their only hope.

“It’s an honour to be able to lend a hand to animals in desperate need and we hope people enjoy seeing some of the weird and wonderful places animals have found themselves in need of our help. This winter we’re asking people to show their support by joining the rescue to help us raise funds to make sure we can continue to be there for animals in need.”

Animals often need us to help them get out of sticky situations, some more severe than others.

This article by Ella Bennett was first published by My London News on 11 January 2023. Lead Image: A fox cub ended up stuck after getting his head wedged in a car wheel (Image: RSPCA).


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