TWO quick-thinking nurses came to the rescue to help free a vixen moments from death after it got caught in a deadly trap.
Jenny Stone, 25, spotted the distressed animal on the side of the road while she was driving to work on Monday morning.
The veterinary nurse thought the female fox was dead but noticed it was trying to move its head in the barbaric trap.
Jenny, who works at the Tiptree Veterinary Centre, in Essex, said: ‘I couldn’t just leave her there.
‘I called up Yvonne Jones who is practice manager at the surgery. I went to the surgery to pick up the ambulance, some sedation and a muzzle and went back with Yvonne to get her out safely.’
It was not clear at first what was trapping the vixen, but on closer inspection it was discovered she had been trapped in a snare.
Yvonne, 35, said: ‘We managed to sedate her — she was really calm, it’s like they just know when you’re trying to help them.
‘We knew that she had wounds on her neck and we just wanted to get her back to the clinic. Our vet checked her over and administered the medication and we treated her for light wounds on her neck.
‘She was in absolutely beautiful condition — we think her coat protected her from the snare — she was really healthy.’
It was not long after that the vets discovered she had not long given birth and so they wanted to reunite the vixen with her cubs as soon as possible. The animal, believed to be around two years old, weighed seven kilos — about the weight of a small dog — and was full of milk.
Yvonne said: ‘From picking her up, treating her at the clinic and taking her back it must have been 30-40 minutes — we wanted to be as quick as possible.’
The two vets drove the vixen back to the spot where she was found and reversed the sedation.
Yvonne added: ‘We didn’t get to see her running off because she wouldn’t have moved while we were there — they don’t often come into contact with humans. But we hope she made it safely back to her cubs.’