A FOX that was rescued from an illegal snare in Swansea has been released back into the wild.

RSPCA officers were called to rescue the fox on 7 November after it was found trapped in a self-locking snare set on a fence line at Titanium Road, Fforestfach.

In 1981, the Wildlife and Countryside Act outlawed the self-locking snare which, as a variation on the traditional noose, tightens with a ratchet-like mechanism

The male fox was freed and then taken to a rehabilitation unit where it was checked for injuries and was monitored.

On Monday (17 November) the fox was released back into the area after making a full recovery.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Andrew Harris said: “There were no signs that the fox had been there long.

“We don’t know who put the snare there but we need to find out as these snares are illegal. If anyone has any information please ring our inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any traps which cause suffering.

A snare is a wire noose which is attached to a stake or heavy object that acts as an anchor. A snare is usually set to catch a fox or rabbit, but its victim is quite often a badger, cat or dog.

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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