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Van-tastic Mr Fox rescued after getting head stuck in wheel

Peekaboo: The fox was thought to have been looking for scraps when his inquisitiveness got the better of him

AN exhausted fox had to be rescued by the RSPCA after it had ‘tyred’ itself out getting its head stuck in a discarded wheel.

Rescuers from RSPCA Bristol Animal Rescue Centre were called to a storage centre after staff there found the little fox with its head well and truly stuck.

They managed to free the distressed vixen using veterinary lubricant and gently pulling it free.

The rescued fox, nicknamed Michelin by the team, was released back in the area it was found in St Jude’s, Bristol.

Rescued: The little fox was later freed with the help of some lubricant PICTURES: SWNS

RSPCA Inspector Alan Barnes said: ‘The tyre had been discarded outside and the inquisitive fox had been exploring, probably searching for scraps to eat, when he pushed his head through the gap and got well and truly stuck.

‘He was wedged and I didn’t want to hurt him by trying to remove him there and then so we took the whole tyre — fox still wedged — over to our Bristol centre.’

Alan and staff from RSPCA Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (ARC) carefully set about removing the distressed animal.

Mandy Stone, veterinary manager at Bristol ARC, said: ‘Thankfully, other than being very confused and scared, he wasn’t injured so Alan was able to release him.’

Michelin was taken back to the area he was found and released.

Alan added: ‘He was very lucky to have been spotted in the undergrowth otherwise it could have been an awful demise for him.

‘I’m so thrilled his story had such a happy ending and we were able to work so quickly, as a team, to free him and get him back into the wild.’