RSPCA rescues fox cub with head stuck in plastic bottle

RSPCA rescues fox cub with head stuck in plastic bottle

The RSPCA rescued a fox which had a plastic bottle stuck on his head and reunited the cub with his mum.

Fox cub with head stuck in a bottleThe animal welfare charity was contacted on Saturday (8 May) after a member of the public spotted a fox with a plastic bottle stuck on his head in Hardwicke Road in Hastings.

RSPCA Inspector Georgina Bowles attended after a member of the public managed to contain the fox cub in a pet carrier in their garden. The officer then managed to gently remove the plastic bottle from the fox¿s head. Luckily, the mother fox was still waiting nearby and so she was able to reunite the cub with his mum.

She said:

"This poor fox had got his head well and truly stuck inside an old plastic drinking bottle. What usually happens is an animal may have put their head inside the bottle and their ears go down and lay flat against their head but once their ears spring back up they get stuck and are unable to remove the bottle themselves. I had to slowly massage the skin around the neck and gently tease out the fur a bit at a time until I could find the ears and could carefully fold them down so that the bottle can then slide off the fox's head. 

"Sadly, we do see incidents of wildlife caught up in litter and it¿s a stark reminder that everyone needs to help protect animals by picking up any litter they see lying around as well as ensuring they take their litter home with them or disposing of it properly and responsibly."

Last year (2020) the RSPCA received nearly 4,000 calls relating to animals affected by litter with 133 in East Sussex alone.

Thousands of incidents where animals have been impacted by litter

Head of the RSPCA's wildlife department Adam Grogan said:

Fox cub after rescue"Our staff deal with thousands of incidents every year where animals have been impacted by litter - and they¿re the ones that we know of. I¿m sure for every animal we¿re able to help there are many that go unseen, unreported and may even lose their lives. 

"Animals who get their heads or necks stuck in litter can suffer severe injuries as they struggle to break free and can even suffocate, while others will slowly grow weaker and weaker as they try to hunt or find food or water. 

"Sadly, litter is one of the biggest hazards our wildlife faces today and the pandemic has just added to the problem with many disposable masks being discarded on the ground which is why we urge people to dispose of all their litter properly."

The fox cub has now been released back to the wild and reunited with his mum.

Learn more about the RSPCA's litter campaign.

Find more information on what to do if you see an injured, wild animal