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Fox trapped in "inhumane and cruel snare" in Suffolk

The fox trapped in a wire snare. Credit: RSPCA.

An animal charity has slammed the use of an "inhumane and cruel" snare after a fox was found hanging from the wires in Suffolk.

RSPCA inspectors believe it had been intentionally set up to catch foxes. It was 2ft off the ground on a wire fence in woodland off Barningham Road in Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds.

The animal was caught around the waist when he was discovered, meaning it did not cause serious injury, but could have resulted in far more suffering.

Chris Nice, an RSPCA inspector, said the fox would have starved to death if he had not been found. It took 40 minutes to cut it free.

"Snares can cause a huge amount of pain and distress and can be fatal. The use of them on animals is inhumane and cruel.

"People need to be aware that they leave themselves open to prosecution if they are using illegal traps or not setting and checking them correctly."

– Chris Nice, RSPCA.

The fox had a cut foot but was release back to the wild straight away to avoid causing it extra stress.



Rare twin seals released back into the wild

The rare twin seals called R2-D2 and C-3PO have been returned to the wild. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The UK's first known pair of twin grey seals born in the wild have been returned to the North Sea after being rescued in Norfolk.

The seals called R2-D2 and C-3PO were abandoned by their mother when they were three weeks old. Most seals only give birth to a single pup.

They have been cared for by the RSPCA for four months before being released back into the wild at Horsey north of Great Yarmouth.

"It was fantastic to see them dive under the waves and you think they're so hardwired, they know what they're doing.

"We don't teach them anything, we just get them fit enough to be released and it's up to them and they take their chances and off they go. So hopefully they'll have a nice, long, healthy life"

– Alison Charles, RSPCA East Winch

Click below to watch the video of the twin seals getting into the North Sea for the first time

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