A Baby Fox Stuck In A Wall Was Rescued By Firefighters And Named Ian
When people saw the little cutie stuck inside a gap in the wall of London's Queensway Market, the fire brigade were called to rescue him.
Firefighters in #Kensington rescued a baby fox after it became stuck in a wall cavity in #Bayswater. The tiny fox, named Ian after a soon-to-be retiring colleague, was left safely to wait for his mother on advice from @RSPCA_official https://t.co/LUGJAmgiPd pic.twitter.com/JOMJTWfj5K- London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) April 2, 2019
One fire engine and five firefighters attended the scene, rescuing Ian less than an hour after they were first called.
Thankfully, the cub was unharmed, although firefighters reported that he was distressed by the experience.
After rescuing the tiny fluffy creature, the team decided to name him Ian after their fellow firefighter Ian Broomfield, who is soon to retire.
The team called the RSPCA and were advised to leave Ian in a box with water so that his mother would know where to find him when she came back to look for him.
"The baby fox had somehow become trapped in the wall cavity of a ground floor shop," said Kensington Blue Watch Manager Scott Magdalani.
"We used a saw to cut a hole in the wall and released him safely. We decided to call him Ian after firefighter Ian Broomfield who is retiring in a few days time.
"The RSPCA advised us to leave Ian in a box with some water as his mother will be most likely to come back and look for him.
Update on Ian the baby fox : We understand that a local fox rescuer took Ian in after being contacted by a worried member of the public. We are awaiting an update from them to find out if/when he will be reunited with his mother https://t.co/LUGJAmgiPd pic.twitter.com/rS4ItYY9pN- London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) April 2, 2019
"I went back after work and saw that the box had gone. I rang an emergency vet to see if anyone had taken Ian in to them.
"They said no and it was most likely that the mother had come back from him just as the RSPCA had said."
Ian was eventually rescued once again by a team from animal rescue charity Mama Cat Trust, who were called by onlookers who stumbled across the baby fox waiting for his mum.
If you see an animal in distress, you can contact the RSPCA for advice, help and support on 0300 1234 999.
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