Animals crackers: Top five rescues of 2017


Animals do the funniest things. But sometimes they can get themselves in a bit of a pickle and need a helping hand to set them free.

That’s where we come in. Our dedicated officers and inspectors spend their days rescuing pets from cruelty, helping sick and injured animals, and freeing both domestic and wild critters from rather embarrassing situations!

Here are some of the most random rescues of the past 12 months:

Grave mistake

Fox with head stuck © RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Georgia McCormick was called in to help after a fox found herself in a tight spot – with her head trapped between two tombstones! A worried member of the public came across the stricken animal on 29 June in the graveyard of St Mary Magdalene Church, in Leamington Spa. Georgia said:

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

Bike cat-astophe!

Cat stuck in a bike © RSPCA

A rather embarrassed puss had to be helped after getting wedged in the frame of a bicycle! RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Prisca Giddens was called by the Met Police who found him stuck in the frame of the mountain bike in Greenford, London, on 23 February. Prisca said:

"A delivery driver had called police after spotting the puss in a bit of a pickle! The bike was chained up outside a house but the frame was upside down, hanging over a balcony. The cat had his head and front legs stuck on one side of the bike."

Luckily, the puss was freed and hadn’t suffered any injuries, so was released back onto the streets. At least on this occasion, curiosity didn’t kill the cat...

Oh deer!

Deer stuck behind a shed © RSPCA

A young muntjac deer had a fright after getting stuck under a shed in a garden in Stanborough Green, Hertfordshire, on 24 May. RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Kate Wright rushed to his rescue. She covered his head with a towel to calm him down and gently loosened him from under the wooden panels. She said:

"I’ve rescued a few deer in my time so I know how stressed these wild animals get when they become stuck like this. It looks like when he tried to jump the fence on his way out of the garden he didn’t quite make it, and tumbled backwards, falling down the narrow gap between the shed and fence. He was on his back with his side wedged under the shed, calling very loudly in distress."

Thankfully, the male deer wasn’t injured, so after a quick check over was released nearby.

What a prickle

Hedgehog stuck in a gate © RSPCA

A hefty hedgehog needed a helping hand from us after getting wedged in a metal gate! Inspector Deborah Pert was called out in the early hours of the morning on 17 May. She found the porker in a prickle - stuck fast in the gate in Canterbury. Inspector Pert said:

"He was a little wide around the waist to make it through and got himself wedged! Luckily, I was able to carefully wriggle him free, although it did take some time! I kept stroking his spines to encourage him to uncurl and then angled his body to the side so he would fit through easier."

Who ate all the flies, I wonder?! Thankfully, the little hog wasn’t injured so Deborah released him back into the night.

Bar-king mad

Terrier stuck in metal fence © RSPCA

Terrier Poppy thought she was free to have some fun after escaping from her garden in Bexleyheath, Kent, on 27 July. But fun and frolics soon turned into fear when the five-year-old got stuck in a metal fence in Danson Park. Members of the public found the stricken pooch and called us and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to free her. Animal Collection Officer Kirstie Gillard said:

“I don’t know how she did it, there was no give in those bars!”

After freeing Poppy they took her to a local vet for a check-up and she was soon reunited with her relieved owners. Julia Clifford said:

It was actually a Godsend that she got stuck in that fence because it could well have saved her life. I was so relieved that she was home, safe and sound, and hadn’t run into the road or been hit by a car.”

Read more examples of the types of rescues our inspectors deal with.

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