Little Fox Decides To Try Out Family's Trampoline But Things Don't Go As Planned
He was very, very stuck — but the woman who found him knew just what to do ❤️️
A woman was looking out her window into her backyard one evening when she noticed someone playing on her family’s trampoline — and quickly realized it was a very stuck little fox.
It seemed the fox had been jumping around on the trampoline, just trying it out, when he somehow got one of his back legs stuck in the springs of the trampoline and couldn’t figure out how to free himself. Concerned, the woman quickly contacted the RSPCA, hoping it could help the very confused little fox.
“Unfortunately wild animals and birds can end up in some tricky situations when they get caught up in play equipment and netting out in gardens and on playing fields,” Rachel Smith, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release.
Smith got the call about the fox and rushed out to help. She knew she would have to free him very carefully, as it appeared he had injured himself when he got stuck.
“Luckily, I was able to free him and check him over,” Smith said. “He had a nasty wound on his leg so I took him to one of our local wildlife rehabilitators for treatment.”
Despite his injury, the fox was jumping around in the crate Smith had put him in. Seeing that he could still put weight on his leg without too much pain gave Smith hope that he would go on to make a full recovery, and would be able to be released back into the wild once he was completely healed.
It’s very common for wildlife to accidentally end up stuck in backyard toys and gadgets, especially in warmer weather, and the RSPCA urges everyone to keep an eye out for any animal who might need a little extra help getting out of a tough spot.
“We’d ask the public to try to make their gardens as wildlife-friendly as possible and to secure any netting, rope or pieces of play equipment so animals can’t get themselves tangled in them,” Smith said. “In circumstances like this it’s best not to attempt to rescue the animal yourself as this could cause further injury and may be hazardous for you. We’d advise people to keep a safe distance and contact us or another wildlife rescue organization for help.”