Fox Deeside 1A FOX that was found at the bottom of a drainage culvert in Deeside has been rescued by the RSPCA.

The vixen was found around six metres down an old concrete drainage culvert at Shotton Power Station at Deeside Industrial Estate.

Due to the depth of the culvert the RSPCA rope rescue team was needed to spring into action at around 1pm yesterday [19 March] and RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts abseiled down towards the fox, capturing her in a net. He then passed the net to his colleagues at the top of the culvert.

RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “There was no way of the fox getting out by herself and we can only assume she survived the fall without injury by landing in the water at one side of the culvert.

“RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts successfully caught the fox and she was lifted out of the culvert safely.

“The fox was uninjured and released on the site by inspector Tim Jones.”

The whole rescue operation involved RSPCA inspectors Mark Roberts, Tim Jones, Chris Dunbar and Kia Thomas, along with animal collection officer Ann Lloyd Williams.

If you are concerned for the welfare of a wild animal that seems to be trapped or injured please watch from a distance and call the RSPCA’s Cruelty & Advice line on 0300 1234 999. Fox Deeside 2

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