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Thirsty fox gets head stuck in watering can for up to two days in Sidcup

PUBLISHED: 16:21 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:33 21 July 2016

The fox was found stuck on Thursday morning

The fox was found stuck on Thursday morning

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He was discovered on Thursday morning

A wild fox was found trapped in the back garden of a home in Sidcup this morning (Thursday).

The mammal had managed to trap the top half of his body in a watering can and was unable to get out.

RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse was called to the scene in Priestlands Park Road.

He said: “The poor thing was thrashing around in a complete panic with half his body trapped inside the watering can.

“We don’t know how long he had been there but it could have been for up to 48 hours - no wonder he was so agitated.

“It seems likely, in this hot weather, that he was trying to get to a bit of water at the bottom of the can to quench his thirst - but misjudged how easy it would be to get out again.

“I managed to get the fox out safely. He was exhausted, hungry and dehydrated, so I took him to The Fox Project in Tunbridge Wells, where he is being cared for and treated for flystrike. We think he will make a full recovery so we can release him back to the wild where he belongs soon.

“It just goes to show how important it is for gardeners to tread carefully and think about the dangers everyday objects like this might pose for wildlife.

“We often get calls at this time of year about wild animals with distressing and often fatal gardening related injuries. Cases in past years include a toad with its hind legs chopped off by a strimmer, a hedgehog burnt in pampas grass clearance and a blackbird speared by a garden fork.”

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