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Fox cub and badger rescued in Kent are among RSPCA's most bizarre rescues of 2020


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A fox cub stuck in a watering can and a badger trapped by its bum are among the wackiest animal rescues by the RSPCA in 2020.

The animal charity has compiled a list of the 20 most bizarre incidents of the year and two of them feature these creatures who were saved in Sevenoaks and Godinton respectively.

A fox cub got stuck in a watering can in Sevenoaks. Picture: RSPCA
A fox cub got stuck in a watering can in Sevenoaks. Picture: RSPCA

It was back in April when the call came in to say the little fox had got its head stuck in the container in Godinton, near Ashford.

RSPCA officer Lynn White was sent and used some lubricant to release its head from the darkened recesses of the can.

"This poor fox had probably got stuck while he was trying to get some water out of the can," she said.

"He was very exhausted from trying to remove it himself. I wasn't sure how best to get him out - but then I remembered I had some Vaseline in my van and so I used that on his neck and then I was able to slide him out of the can."

Although somewhat bedraggled following his ordeal, the fox was still in a feisty mood so after a quick check-up he was released back into the wild.

This badger had to be rescued from a fence. Picture: RSPCA
This badger had to be rescued from a fence. Picture: RSPCA

Last month is was the turn of a badger in Sevenoaks to need a little help on its way - after getting wedged in a fence by its behind.

RSPCA chief inspector Mark Miles said: "This poor badger was completely jammed in that fence and going nowhere.

"It looks as if he was trying to get from one garden to the next via the hole in the fence, but had misjudged the width of his backside.

"He'd got himself into a position where his front-end and legs were off the ground, so he didn’t have any traction to pull himself out. He hadn't sustained any injuries from his ordeal, so it was a simple job to widen the hole."

The charity's list of bizarre rescues also included a deer who travelled up escalators to get stuck on the rooftop terrace of Oxford's Westgate Shopping Centre, an owl rescued from a Grandfather clock in Bolton, and a bat who travelled hundreds of miles to Hartlepool hiding in the boot of a new car.

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