A fox cub was rescued by the RSPCA after he got his head stuck in a plastic jam jar in Northamptonshire.

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The young cub was seen by a member of the public in St Peter’s Avenue, in Rushden, who immediately called the RSPCA.

Animal Collection Officer Sharon Knight, who attended the incident, on Friday 20 May, said: “The poor cub had hidden himself under a car. Sadly the jar was firmly wedged over his head and it is unlikely he would have been able to get free without any help.

“We do not know how long he had been stuck like that – but it is horrible to think that if the member of the public had not contacted us, then the cub could have starved to death.”

ACO Knight carefully removed the jar from the cub, before checking him for any injuries. As there were no injuries, he was immediately released back to his family, who were nearby.

ACO Knight added: “This case is a reminder to people about how dangerous it can be to leave litter lying around.

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“This fox had a lucky escape, but often discarded jars like this, or tin cans, or even elastic bands, can be a real death trap when dumped where wildlife lives.

“The message here really is simple – litter can be lethal. All it takes to stop this from happening is for people to throw rubbish away properly.”

You can find out more information about issues related to wildlife and litter, as well as what you can do to help, by visiting http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter.

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