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Collapsed fox in Exeter bush turns out to be taxidermy

The stuffed fox, which someone thought was real. Credit: RSPCA

An RSPCA officer was left stunned after being called out to help a collapsed fox found in a Devon bush - only to discover it was taxidermy.

Inspector Ellie Burt went to Farm Hill in Exeter on Monday (April 8) after a local resident reported concerns for a fox hiding under a bush.

The fox was described as lethargic, and the resident said it had not moved for days.

The caller said it had been losing weight in recent weeks and hadn’t moved for the past few days.

We asked them to try the broom test - to ensure the fox was still alive - and were told that it didn’t move but tracked them with its eyes and seemed to be breathing well.

– RSPCA Inspector Burt

But upon arriving at the scene, Inspector Burt quickly realised that all was not as it seemed.

As soon as I arrived I realised that this wasn’t a live fox - but a dead fox who’d been stuffed by a taxidermist.

He’d clearly been placed under a bush outside of the houses as a prank. After speaking to some of the neighbours, I soon discovered that someone had been moving it around the neighbourhood.

– Inspector Burt

The stuffed fox was subsequently discarded to avoid any further callouts.