Fox put down after getting tangled in Swanley school's netting

Fox put down after getting tangled in Swanley school's netting

An eagle-eyed passer-by spotted the trapped fox at Hextable primary school in Rowhill Road and reported it.

Fox put down after getting tangled in Swanley school's netting

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THE RSPCA is warning about the dangers of netting after a fox became tangled in a football goal and was put down at a Swanley primary school yesterday (January 2).

An eagle-eyed passer-by spotted the trapped fox at Hextable primary school in Rowhill Road and reported it.

RSPCA inspector Zenon Brown, who arrived to rescue the struggling creature, said he was not able to access the property and had no option but to humanely euthanase the fox through the fence.

He is urging people to store netting away when it is not in use to prevent injuries to wild animals.

He said: "The fox was three feet from the main fence. It was smothered in netting and tightly entangled in it. I had few options as the fence could not be climbed."

"The fox was clearly stressed and suffering and leaving it overnight was not an option as it would have suffered further."

Inspector Brown added: "These rescues are very stressful for the animal and hazardous to the rescuer because you are dealing with a wild animal that is struggling to free itself and suffering terribly.

"It may have been looking for food in the wildness of a garden or an area like this and accidentally walked into the net. Unlike us, they do not know to back up and step out.

"These situations can be avoided if people were to remove or raise netting when it is not in use and store it away in a shed or garage. We would urge anyone with netting on their property to check it regularly for trapped wildlife."

Hextable primary school headteacher Suzie Hall said the nets have been removed and will ensure they are stored securely.

She said: "We are very saddened to hear that the fox was injured and had to be destroyed.

"We have removed the nets and will make sure they are securely tied out of reach so this type of incident does not happen again.

"We have contacted Kent County Council and they will be letting all schools know about the dangers to animals when leaving sports nets out."

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1:30am Sat 4 Jan 14

Simon bald says...

Surely time to celebrate newsshopper
Surely time to celebrate newsshopper Simon bald
  • Score: -7

12:23pm Sat 4 Jan 14

mikeian says...

Well it's one less fox, not a big deal. No different from a bird getting stuck in a chimney, if foxes want to inhabit human spaces they have to expect and suffer the hazards.
Well it's one less fox, not a big deal. No different from a bird getting stuck in a chimney, if foxes want to inhabit human spaces they have to expect and suffer the hazards. mikeian
  • Score: -8

7:18pm Sat 4 Jan 14

bobtails says...

A cop out by an rspca officer who was too scared to handle a fox. Surely it was more stressed by being poked with the pole?
A cop out by an rspca officer who was too scared to handle a fox. Surely it was more stressed by being poked with the pole? bobtails
  • Score: 10

10:45pm Mon 6 Jan 14

flea_in_ear says...

I thought there would be a few people who would be delighted because they cannot accept wildlife on its own terms. A nice plastic box of a flat would presumably suit them.

mikeian - we have urbanised the countryside more and more. The animals which are the "problems" for some of us are those which are most adaptable to live alongside us - the ones we then complain about. The rest diminish in number, and we wonder why.

Simon bald - why you wish to celebrate a frightening death of any animal I have no idea, but it would seem to reflect upon you.

bobtails - I wish that the Fox Project or a similar group had been called out instead.
I thought there would be a few people who would be delighted because they cannot accept wildlife on its own terms. A nice plastic box of a flat would presumably suit them. mikeian - we have urbanised the countryside more and more. The animals which are the "problems" for some of us are those which are most adaptable to live alongside us - the ones we then complain about. The rest diminish in number, and we wonder why. Simon bald - why you wish to celebrate a frightening death of any animal I have no idea, but it would seem to reflect upon you. bobtails - I wish that the Fox Project or a similar group had been called out instead. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 3

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