Wildlife rescue workers are calling for sports clubs to put away their netting when not in use, after another callout to rescue an animal caught in a football net in Eastbourne. The animal was twisting itself around trying to get free - instead, only further entangling its neck.
The team from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) responded to an emergency call at 8am on Sunday morning by a passer-by with their son.
In this case the rescued fox is responding well to emergency treatment at the WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith.
The WRAS team say they are called to deal with around a dozen wildlife casualties a year. The animals have been caught in netting on sports fields, such as cricket tunnels, football goals and discarded netting left on the sides of sports fields. Hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and deer are some of the animals that have become entangled.
A fox had a lucky escape last week when she was rescued from a closed industrial waste bin at a church in Kent.
The animal was found trapped inside the bin at Bromley Methodist Church in College Road in Bromley on Saturday 12th September.
The lid of the bin was closed and so heavy that she would not have had the strength to lift it by herself.
A male fox cub was rescued after becoming stuck between two brick-built garages in Emsworth. Hampshire Fire & Rescue's animal rescue team were called out after the cub became stuck in the cavity 12 inches below the concrete base and three metres in.
Animal rescuer Buster Brown, then used a drill, hammer and chisel to remove the bricks from inside the garage wall to reach it. He said:
"This process took nearly two hours as I had to remove the bricks carefully to ensure I didn't injure the animal."
The fox was later released unharmed.