Rescuers free trapped fox at Willingdon school

Staff at Willingdon Primary School had to call out East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance service after they found a fox tangled 5ft off the ground in the middle of a bramble bush on the school playing field.

WRAS’s Trevor Weeks MBE and Dave Novell rushed to the school in order to help the fox. They where shown through to the school’s playing field where the fox was caught. Trevor cut the brambles away before cutting the fox free.

He said, “It was not easy to support the fox and at the same time figure out how the fox was attached all from working inside the middle of a load of brambles.”

The fox was rushed back to WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith, where the wounds were cleaned and treated before being assessed and checked by a vet.

“The fox has a fractured toe, several small wounds around the foot, and two open wounds either side of the pelvis,” said Trevor. “This fox has been extremely lucky – it was spotted early enough that fly had only just started laying eggs on the wounds and there were no sign of maggots, but also with the school summer holidays starting the fox may not have been noticed and could potentially have died a slow and horrible death.”