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Rescuers not foxed by stuck tub cub

Published 28/05/2015

A screengrab of the fox cub after it was rescued from the plastic tub (East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service/PA)
A screengrab of the fox cub after it was rescued from the plastic tub (East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service/PA)

A fox cub has undergone a delicate procedure to remove a plastic tub which became stuck round its neck in a seaside town.

The animal, which is approximately seven weeks old, was spotted by concerned residents running around with its head wedged in the tub in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) turned out to help as the cub started to become hungry and dehydrated.

It was taken in to the voluntary group's ambulance on Tuesday evening where a hole was cut at the end of the plastic container to help the cub breathe more easily.

Then bandaged scissors were used to cut the thick plastic tub away from the cub's neck before it was taken to the WRAS's casualty centre to be given anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.

WRAS founder Trevor Weeks said: "We didn't want to give up, as we were worried the cub might develop breathing problems and was probably already becoming dehydrated and hungry, too.

"We knew the longer we left the fox the worse condition the cub would be in. There was a chance the fox could be dead by the morning."

As the cub remains at the casualty centre recovering, Mr Weeks added: "Luckily the wounds were not too serious and we hope that he will be a quick turn-around and back to mum."

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