A fox was rescued by the RSPCA after making a ‘grave’ mistake – by getting his head tightly wedged in between two headstones in a cemetery.

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The animal welfare charity was contacted on Thursday (29 June) by a worried member of the public who came across the fox’s mishap in the graveyard of St Mary Magdalene Church, in Vicarage Road, Leamington Spa.

When Inspector Georgia McCormick got there, she found the fox had become completely trapped and was unable to free himself.

Georgia said: “I’m not sure how he managed to get there, or how long he had been there for, but he really was in a tight spot. The call came into us at 11am, and as foxes are nocturnal animals I can only imagine he had been there from the night before.

“I managed to carefully free him and check him over – thankfully he wasn’t injured and so he was released back into the wild.

“I dread to think what could have happened to him if we hadn’t have been contacted.”

Anyone who sees injured wildlife or an animal in distress should contact the RSPCA, 24 hours a day, on 0300 1234 999.

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