The RSPCA has rescued a fox cub from a football net, just days before the start of Euro 2016.
The fox was found on Wednesday morning (8 June) tangled in the net in the back garden of a house in Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
The homeowner knew something was wrong when her dog started barking continuously from inside the house.
When she looked out of the window to find out what the problem was, she was surprised to see the young fox trapped in the net.
An RSPCA officer attended and managed to successfully cut the fox free from the claws of the frame. Despite the ordeal and being tangled in what looked like a horrific way, the fox cub was thankfully uninjured and ran to safety.
RSPCA animal collection officer Kate Wright said: “Many people are naturally excited for the start of the Euro football tournament this weekend and it’s great to see people getting in some footie practice of their own by putting out their own goals in their gardens, but I’d like to urge people to put them away, or roll up the net when they’re not in use.
“We do see quite a few animals getting caught in them, which can result in serious injury.
“This lovely little fur ball got lucky as I was able to free him but other animals are not always so fortunate. Hedgehogs particularly seem to get caught up in a nasty way in these nets.
“We don’t want to stop anyone having fun, but being a bit more mindful could save a life, not just a goal, and that’s really something to celebrate!”
Anyone who is concerned about the welfare of any animal or who sees an animal in distress should contact the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999.