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Polecat rescued from 15ft drain in Somerset

The RSPCA say the animal was trapped in the drain for at least 24 hours. Photo: RSPCA

A polecat has been rescued by the RSPCA after falling into a 15ft drain.

The animal was trapped in the drain at the sewerage treatment works in Creech St Michael, near Taunton.

A worker spotted the animal and contacted the RSPCA.

Fire and rescue services were able to calm the animal before rescuing it. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA animal collection officer Clara Scully says the polecat had been trapped for at least 24 hours.

The animal is now being looked after by the RSPCA before being released. Credit: RSPCA

Ms Scully says she was unable to go down into the drain because of the poor weather conditions so she contacted the fire and rescue service.

They arrived promptly, got a long ladder into the hole and coaxed him into the carrier and pulled him up. He is now recuperating at RSPCA West Hatch before we release him back into the wild.

– Clara Scully, RSPCA animal collection officer