A fox who got himself stuck at the bottom of a skatepark bowl in Liverpool has been safely released back into the wild after being rescued by the RSPCA.

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The animal charity received a phone call from a two women who spotted the struggling animal on Sunday morning (22 October), at Everton Park skatepark, in Prince Edwin Street.

RSPCA inspector Claire Fisher attended. She said: “The fox was really struggling to get out, every time he ran up the side he slid back down again. He was trying so hard to free himself that he got exhausted.

“When I got there he was curled up, it was almost as though he had given up. I went down into the bowl myself and carefully put him in a net, before hauling myself out. It was quite hard to get out of the bowl and I was worried I’d ended up needing help myself to get out!

“Thankfully the fox wasn’t injured by his ordeal, just very tired, but he managed to find the energy to run away as fast as he could out of the net. I was a little bit worried he’d run straight back into the bowl but he ran in the opposite direction – understandably!

“I’d like to thank the two women who contacted us about this as without them, the fox could have have been stuck there for a very long time without food or water. The two women waited until I got there and I am really grateful to them. The fox is now back in the wild, where he belongs.”

The RSPCA urges anyone who sees an animal which needs rescuing to contact the charity’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.

  • A 50-second video of the rescue can be downloaded from this link.