Fox stuck in a wheel among RSPCA’s most unusual rescues of 2019

The RSPCA have released images of some of their more unusual rescues in the past year

With the New Year less than two days away, the RSPCA have released images of some of the most unusual rescue missions of 2019 including a fox trapped in a car wheel and a seal on a cliff.

Inspectors often have to deal with shocking incidents of cruelty and neglect – but they also come across animals who need rescuing from more light-hearted situations.

Storage centre workers in Bristol called in the charity after they found a fox with his head stuck in a wheel in October. They rubbed lubricant over his head to smooth his rescue before they took Michelin back to the area he was found and set him free.

In September, rescuers came to the aid of a young seal who was stuck on a 50m-high sea cliff in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

RSPCA animal collection officer Cara Gibbon came to the aid of another fox in Solihull in October who got tangled up in ivy.

She said: ‘I was able to cut him down and, thankfully, he wasn’t injured. His nails were a little worn down from scratching at the fence but I was able to release him back into the gardens straight away.’

A young seal found herself in quite an unusual predicament – on top of a 50m-high sea cliff at Abercastle (Picture): RSPCA /SWNS.COM
An embarrassed fox needed help after getting stuck in ivy hanging from a garden fence in Solihull (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS.COM)

Back in February, Scarborough Sea Life Centre called for help in rescuing an injured grey seal from the top of a 10ft high World War Two pillbox on Fraisthorpe Beach, Yorkshire.

The centre was tipped off by a member of the public who said the seal had been stuck for more than 24 hours.

An injured grey seal stumped RSPCA rescuers who were called to collect him – from the top of a 10ft high World War Two pillbox on Fraisthorpe Beach in Yorkshire (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS.COM)
A five-month-old’s parents were horrified when they found a 1m-long python slithering around their daughter?s nursery in Tadworth, Surrey (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS.COM)

RSPCA animal collection officer Leanne Honess-Heather and deputy chief inspector Claire Mitchell manoeuvred him into a net and, supporting his weight between them, carefully lowered him.

He was returned to the wild the following day.

Pictures also show a deer stuck in park railings, a squirrel trapped in a bird feeder and a horse stuck in a cattle grid.

A male roe deer found himself in a spot of bother when he got stuck in metal railings around St James’ Churchyard in Barlborough, Derbyshire (Picture: SWNS)
A greedy squirrel got caught red-pawed with his hands in the cookie jar after getting trapped in a bird feed in Redditch, Worcestershire. (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS.COM)
Caption: A horse needed help after getting stuck in a cattle grid in Abertillery, Wales. (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS.COM)


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