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Tunbridge Wells: The Fox Project nursing rescued fox cub

By Ellis Stephenson

A terrified fox cub is being nursed back to health by a Kent charity after it was heard whimpering in a drain.

Passers-by heard her desperate cries from the sewer in Lewisham, south east London, at lunchtime and dialed 999.

Firefighters arrived and rescued Little Dinah, who is thought to be between four and five-weeks-old, before handing her over to The Fox Project in Tunbridge Wells.

The terrified fox cub was saved from death when it was pulled from a freezing drain after a passer-by heard her whimpers. Picture: RSPCA/SWNS.com
The terrified fox cub was saved from death when it was pulled from a freezing drain after a passer-by heard her whimpers. Picture: RSPCA/SWNS.com

Trevor Williams, from the organisation that is nursing her, said: "Dinah didn't look good when she first came in.

"She was very cold and underweight. But she's now doing okay.

"Luckily, she doesn't seem to have an underlying problems so our plan is to introduce her to a new 'family' group of cubs around a similar age over the coming days."

He added that she has seemed to regain some of her strength back.

The fox is thought to be four to five-weeks-old. Picture: RSPCA/SWNS.com
The fox is thought to be four to five-weeks-old. Picture: RSPCA/SWNS.com

RSPCA animal collection officer Abbie Fright said: "The fire crew was called by a member of the public who thought a puppy was stuck in the drain.

"When the crew arrived they quickly established that it was, in fact, a little fox cub who had fallen into the drain and couldn't get out.

"Thankfully they managed to release the cub and I rushed to the scene to make sure she was okay."

"The poor little cub had gone into shock and was very cold, she could barely move her legs" - RSPCA officer Abbie Fright

The little cub was frozen with fear and very cold, so the firefighters gave her some oxygen and Abbie wrapped her in towels and blankets to warm her up.

She added: "The poor little cub had gone into shock and was very cold, she could barely move her legs.

"I dried off her coat and wrapped her up in warm towels to bring her body temperature back up slowly.

"The fire and rescue service were wonderful and I'd like to say a big thank you to them for their help in rescuing this little cub.

"Had she have been in that drain for much longer I'm almost certain she wouldn't have made it."

The rescue happened on Monday.

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