Wildlife rescuers came to the aid of a young fox who had managed to get itself in a tight spot on Monday (May 9).
The four week old cub was stuck fast between a garden wall and a garage in Albert Road.
Bexhill Wildlife Rescue was called to the incident in the late afternoon, but it soon realised additional help was required, so called in East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS).
WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE and rescue manager Chris Riddington arrived to assess the situation.
Chris said: “I couldn’t believe how tight the gap was, the little cub could not go any further forwards or turn around.”
The team believe the cub had been exploring before wedging himself into the tight space, leaving the hapless fox with nowhere to move.
Trevor said: “The gap was so narrow we couldn’t get loop of the dog graspers in place to lift the cubs out easily.
“The poor cub was in some discomfort and the team did well to keep calm and hold their nerve in a very stressful situation for all involved”.
Rescuers from WRAS and Bexhill Wildlife rescue used a thicker dog graspers as a support under the cub to stop him becoming more stuck and gently tried to push the cub upwards towards rescuers’ hands.
Chris said: “I managed to fit my arm down the narrow gap but the cub was too far away.
“But with Trevor and Chris Tucker from Bexhill Wildlife Rescue supporting the cub from below we gradually managed to lifted him far enough for me to grab hold of the cub and pull him to a big enough space to pull him out.”
After more than an hour of trying to free the stricken cub, rescuers finally managed to pluck the youngster from his walled prison.
The cub got off lightly compared to Chris Riddington, whose hands had been bitten several times by the cub during the rescue.
Trevor said: “Back at WRAS’s ambulance I gave first aid to the cub for a graze on the cubs foot, but otherwise he was in good condition, not injured and could go home.”
The cub was placed over the wall into the neighbouring garden where there is a den under a large shed.
Other cubs had been seen running back under the shed when rescuers first arrived on the scene.
Trevor said: “The whole rescue was a really difficult situation but team work from all those involved paid off and rescuers were able to get the cub back to its den.
“To finish the rescue off rescuers places a board in the gap between the wall and the garden to prevent any animal becoming stuck in future.”
* To find out more about WRAS, visit www.wildlifeambulance.org or to find out more about Bexhill Wildlife Rescue, see the group’s Facebook page.
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