Fox rescued from car grille after being trapped for 12 hours

The driver only realised the fox was stuck in the car the day after the accident Credit: RSPCA

A fox that became wedged in a front grille has been successfully rescued - a day after a driver ran into him in Letchworth.

A driver hit the animal while driving through Wilbury in Letchworth Garden City on Friday, and returned home without realising the fox was stuck in the front of the car.

The next day, while assessing the damage on his car, the motorist noticed the wild animal caught behind the grille.

After a vet couldn't help, the driver called the RSPCA who arrived to find the fox still alive, and seemingly unharmed. Animal collection officer (ACO) Amy Reiter said: “The lad had hit a fox during the early hours of the morning and thought it went under his vehicle.

“He hadn’t realised the fox had survived the accident and had no idea it had got stuck in the car."

Amy said the fox was frightened and distressed, and was tricky to remove.

"He didn’t want us to go anywhere near him" she said.

"I couldn’t wrap him in a towel due to how he was stuck so I had to use my grasper to get hold of him - without getting bitten - and carefully pull him free."

“I was able to check him over at the scene and, as if by a miracle, he had no serious injuries." Amy said.

“It’s astounding that, having been hit and stuck in the grille for around 12 hours, the fox was not only still alive - but was no worse for wear."

Amy drove the fox back to where the accident happened and found a safe common nearby to release him so he could find his way back to his family and den.