A “fox in the box” scored an own goal – after getting caught in football goal netting in a back garden in Swansea.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Paula Milton raced to the scene on Long View Road in Swansea on 19 May, and found the fox cub’s back legs and pelvis hopelessly tangled in the goal netting.
ARO Milton was able to keep the cub calm by covering him in a big blanket, before she cut him loose from the netting.
Fortunately, despite the ordeal, the cub was fine – and the fox’s mother was in the garden so he could be immediately released back to the wild.
Netting can be very dangerous for animals – and RSPCA officers regularly respond to animals at risk of strangling themselves, or starving of hunger if unnoticed when caught.
The RSPCA urges people to remove or put away sports nets after they’ve been used to help keep animals safe.
ARO Milton said: “”While many people across Wales will be gearing up for the European Championship in a few weeks’ time, this fox cub got a little too eager!
“The poor cub was hopelessly tangled in this netting, and I found him with his back legs and pelvis badly trapped.
“Fortunately, I was able to set him free – and luckily he wasn’t injured and seemed in good health despite being caught offside by this goal netting!
“The cub’s mother was thankfully in the garden, so he could be returned straight back to the wild, so this had a really happy ending for this fox in the box.
“But not all animals are so lucky – and there’s a serious point here that goal netting can pose a real hazard to animals, like wildlife and pets.
“RSPCA Cymru urges people to put away or remove sports netting after use to help protect animals – as it really could save an animal’s life.”
More information about the RSPCA’s work with wildlife can be found on the charity’s website.
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