The RSPCA is urging people to safely put away netting to protect wildlife, after a fox had to be rescued when she got tangled up in one.
The young female fox was seen by a member of the public trapped in the football netting at a school in Rose Avenue, in High Wycombe, on Monday (23 May).
Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Dennis Lovell, who attended the incident, said: “We do not know how long the fox had been there for but thankfully this little one was lucky, as the cord was quite thick and had not cut into her skin. I was able to cut her free, check her over and release her as she was not injured.
“However, this is not always the case as quite often we are called to free wildlife who have got tangled up in netting and who have been left injured by the incident, often with the netting cutting into them as they struggle to get themselves free.
“In the past, we have freed foxes, badgers, deer and hedgehogs from this kind of netting because it has not been put away.”
The RSPCA urges those using netting for sports to remove and store all nets after their game, and asks that any discarded netting is safely placed in a bin.
ACO Lovell said: “Please help us to help keep wildlife safe by putting away your sports nets when you have finished playing. It only takes a few minutes and it could save an animal from suffering.”
Other forms of garden netting, like pond or fruit netting, can be a real hazard to wild animals like hedgehogs and the RSPCA recommends replacing these with solid metal mesh.
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