Fox rescued by hero RSPCA officer after getting head jammed in watering can

A hero RSPCA officer has rescued a clumsy fox who found herself in a tight spot after she got a watering can stuck on her head.

Animal rescue officer Natalie Read was called out to Braiswick, in Colchester, Essex, on Friday (11 February) after a man spotted the stricken animal in his garden.

Describing how she set the urban fox free after finding it in a panicked state, Natalie said: “The caller said the poor fox had the plastic watering can stuck on her head and was thrashing around trying to get it off; she was clearly distressed.

“She’d wedged herself between fencing at the bottom of the garden and must have been exhausted because I was able to catch her easily and carefully prise the can off of her head.

"Thankfully she wasn’t injured and she was raring to go so I released her and she bounded off back into the safety of the undergrowth. It was lovely to see her running back to her den."

Natalie suspects that the animal got the watering can wedged on her head when she peered in to find out whether there was anything to eat or drink inside.

She added that the fox was "lucky to be spotted and rescued so quickly" because she "could have suffered serious cuts and injuries to her head" or "may have even died if she’d have been left like that".

Anyone who sees a sick, injured or trapped wild animal in need of help is advised to keep a safe distance and monitor, before calling the RSPCA’s emergency hotline for advice on 0300 1234 999.

A new appeal from the RSPCA asks the public to help support them in "rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wild animals in desperate need of care" by visiting their website or calling their donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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