Fox rescued in three-hour mission after getting head stuck in a hole

A fox that got its head stuck in hole was saved after a three-hour rescue mission by firefighters and the RSPCA.

The vixen was found trapped in a gap in some metal flooring on an industrial estate in Bordesley Green in Birmingham on Friday morning.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Cara Gibbon arrived and tried to free the fox – even using washing up liquid in an attempt to ease her out- but the animal’s head was completely jammed.

She decided to call West Midlands Fire Service who turned up soon after and were able to cut through the metal and pull it back allowing them to lift the creature out.

Luckily, despite its ordeal, the fox had no injuries.

Cara said: ‘I was becoming increasingly concerned for the fox and we needed to get her out as quickly as possible.

‘We will always try and rescue animals ourselves but there are occasions where we need the fire and rescue service as they have specialist equipment to help in these situations.

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‘It is a fantastic example of partnership working between ourselves and the fire service and we worked as a team to rescue this poor fox.

‘When the fox was freed I put her in a crate and she looked around at us all as if she was saying ‘thank you’.

‘It was a great rescue with a happy ending and it is exactly why I do this job.’

Highgate Fire Station in Birmingham posted on X, formerly Twitter: ‘Who let the fox out? We did!

‘This curious vixen was found with her head in a hole by workers in Bordesley Green when they arrived at 7am.

‘With the help of Technical Rescue, she’s now safely in the care of the RSPCA.’

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