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A fox had a lucky escape last week when she was found and rescued from a closed industrial waste bin at a church.

The wild mammal was found trapped inside the bin at Bromley Methodist Church in College Road in Bromley, Kent at around 10am on Saturday, 12 September. The lid of the bin was closed and so heavy that she would not have had the strength to lift it by herself.

RSPCA inspector Natasha Wallis said: “This fox had an incredibly close shave.

“We don’t know whether she accidentally fell into this big bin while looking for food and then someone shut the lid, either accidentally or deliberately, or whether she was placed there on purpose – thrown out with someone’s rubbish.

“Whichever the case, she was very lucky that she was spotted by the passer by emptying his rubbish before the bin men came. She would not have had the strength to lift that lid herself.

“We were called and found the fox unhurt, but too terrified to move. I collected her and allowed her to scamper off into the bushes – back to the wild where she belongs.

“A lovely happy ending.

“If anyone did see something suspicious in the area relating to this fox please do let us know on 0300 123 8018.”