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Fox cub has lucky escape from drain

Published 12/04/2011 | 15:22

Firefighter Tom Maslin helps rescue a fox cub from a drain
Firefighter Tom Maslin helps rescue a fox cub from a drain

A fox cub had a lucky escape after it became stuck in a storm drain and had to be rescued by firefighters.

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's animal expert Buster Brown rushed to the Heathfield area of Fareham and was surprised to find a "very young fox cub" in the drain. He said: "As I was unable to reach I went to Fareham Fire Station and collected two sets of chimney rods and planned to open up the main manhole cover and rod the drain and persuade the cub to fall into a catch net in the drain."

That failed and Mr Brown, assisted by a fire crew from Fareham Fire Station, then attempted to flood the drain to flush the cub into a net - but that didn't work either. Watch manager Ian Cambridge said: "Just as the hose was pulled out of the drain the little fox cub's head appeared from the very drain hole we had pumped the water into. One of the firefighters quickly grabbed the animal and it was carefully placed into a waiting cage."

After a quick examination from an RSPCA inspector, the cub was taken to Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter to recover.

Mr Brown said: "I was called to investigate a puppy which had fallen into a storm drain as one of the neighbours had heard the pup barking somewhere in the drains outside their house.

"I was able to lift a drain cover on the roadside and, using a torch and a mirror to reflect the image back, I was able to see the animal - it was a very young fox cub."

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