Saturday 19 October 2019

‘Very lucky’ fox released into the wild after getting head stuck in a tyre

The RSPCA had to move a fox with his head stuck in a tyre across Bristol to a centre to free him.

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By Emily Chudy, PA

A fox was taken across Bristol by the RSPCA while his head was stuck inside a tyre after rescuers feared removing it would harm him.

Inspector Alan Barnes from RSPCA Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (ARC) was called to a storage centre in Bristol on Friday, October 4, after workers found the animal caught up in the predicament.

Mr Barnes said: “The tyre had been discarded outside and the inquisitive fox had been exploring – probably searching for scraps to eat – when he pushed his head through the gap and got well and truly stuck!

“He was wedged and I didn’t want to hurt him by trying to remove him there and then so we took the whole tyre – fox still wedged – over to our Bristol centre.”

Mandy Stone, veterinary manager at Bristol ARC, said: “We used a veterinary lubricant and rubbed it all over his head and neck so we could slowly and carefully manoeuvre him out.

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“Thankfully, other than being very confused and scared, he wasn’t injured, so Alan was able to release him.”

The animal was nicknamed Michelin by the team who rescued him, as a nod to the Michelin tyre manufacturer, before he was released into the wild.

Mr Barnes said: “Michelin was very lucky to have been spotted in the undergrowth otherwise it could have been an awful demise for him.”

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