The case of the curious fox - how Essex's animal hospital came to the rescue


26th May 2024 | Local News

Pictures show the fox peering up and looking very sorry for itself as its back half sits free of the disused sink.
Pictures show the fox peering up and looking very sorry for itself as its back half sits free of the disused sink.

A CURIOUS fox found itself in an unusual predicament - after its head became stuck in a sink plughole.

The cub had to be freed by a wildlife hospital with some "delicate ear-folding" when it became stuck in the ceramic basin in a garden in Basildon for several hours.

The animal had injured its front paws and had a swollen neck after trying to escape but was treated by South Essex Wildlife Hospital (SEWH), in Orlett.

A spokesperson for SEWH said: "It seemed that the homeowners were sorting out a shed and happened to leave it lying sideways when the poor creature decided to stick his head inside.

"Waking up the next morning to find the poor cub trapped, they called us out and our head vet Tom rushed over to help.

"As strange as it sounds, we have actually done this sort of rescue a few times and, with a little help and some delicate ear-folding, Tom managed to get him free.

"Back at our hospital in Orsett, Tom fixed the damage to the paws and started the cub on a treatment plan to combat any ill effect.

"We're thrilled to say that this worked wonders and, two days after his entrapment, he was able to be released home to his family."

SEWH deal with more than 10,000 admissions from poorly wildlife each year and said the sink has now been moved to a different area of the homeowner's garden.

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