Tangled fox gets freed by the RSPCA

The fox was unharmed by the ordeal. Credit: RSPCA

When a frantic fox was spotted struggling on Tuesday morning (17th August), the Hampshire homeowners rushed to his aid.

But it soon became clear what a challenge it would be to rescue the frightened fox themselves, so they contacted the RSPCA for help.

RSPCA Inspector Sandy Barlow said: “The poor animal’s back legs were completely entangled, he would never have escaped without help.

"The worried householders had first tried to cut away the netting with garden shears, but the fox was understandably snappy, so they decided it would be best to ask for our help".

Once the fox was calmed down, the net was cut and it was freed. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Sandy Barlow continued: "My first priority was to calm him down, by putting a towel over his head".

"This gave me some breathing space to approach him and gently hold him immobile while I cut through the netting, which was wrapped really tightly around his lower legs".

To report concerns about a wild animal, The RSPCA are asking people to call their helpline on 0300 1234 999.

The RSPCA advises against trying to free the animal from the netting yourself, as animals can have serious injuries if they become tightly entangled, so it’s best that they are examined to check if they need veterinary treatment before being released.