Fox cub rescued after getting head stuck in jam jar in Rushden

The young cub was seen by a member of the public on Friday (May 20) in St Peters Avenue, who immediately called the RSPCA.
The young cub was seen by a member of the public on Friday (May 20) in St Peters Avenue, who immediately called the RSPCA.

A fox cub was rescued by the RSPCA after he got his head stuck in a plastic jam jar in Rushden.

The young cub was seen by a member of the public on Friday (May 20) in St Peter’s Avenue, who immediately called the RSPCA.

Animal collection officer Sharon Knight, who attended the incident, said: “The poor cub had hidden himself under a car.

“The jar was firmly wedged over his head and it is unlikely he would have been able to get free without any help.

“We do not know how long he had been stuck like that, but it is horrible to think that if the member of the public had not contacted us then the cub could have starved to death.”

Miss Knight carefully removed the jar from the cub, before checking him for any injuries and releasing back to his family who were nearby.

Miss Knight added: “This case is a reminder to people about how dangerous it can be to leave litter lying around.

“This fox had a lucky escape, but often discarded jars like this, or tin cans, or even elastic bands, can be a real death trap when dumped where wildlife lives.

“The message here really is simple – litter can be lethal.

“All it takes to stop this from happening is for people to throw rubbish away properly.”

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