£1,000 rescue effort by Fenland Animal Rescue saves the life of injured fox trapped underneath car in Fens town

PUBLISHED: 11:54 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 17 February 2017

This fox was left unable to walk after being hit and trapped by a car. Fenland Animal Rescue came to his rescue and it is now on the way to a full recovery. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

This fox was left unable to walk after being hit and trapped by a car. Fenland Animal Rescue came to his rescue and it is now on the way to a full recovery. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

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A fox that was found trapped underneath a car on a Fenland road is on the mend thanks to a £1,000 rescue effort by charity volunteers.

The fox, nicknamed Mr Fox by staff at Fenland Animal Rescue, was rushed to the Amical Veterinary Surgery in March before being moved to the Best Friends Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough for scans. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueThe fox, nicknamed Mr Fox by staff at Fenland Animal Rescue, was rushed to the Amical Veterinary Surgery in March before being moved to the Best Friends Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough for scans. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

A fox that was found trapped underneath a car on a Fenland road is on the mend thanks to a £1,000 rescue effort by charity volunteers.

Mr Fox is now on the road to recovery at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueMr Fox is now on the road to recovery at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

The poignant face of the fox stared up at members of Fenland Animal Rescue (FAR) who arrived on the Wimblington Road, March, on a rescue mission.

Staff from Fenland Animal Rescue and the Amical Vets in March rushed the Mr Fox's aid. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueStaff from Fenland Animal Rescue and the Amical Vets in March rushed the Mr Fox's aid. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

They used a car jack to release the fox but it was rushed to a vet after being unable to stand and appeared to be suffering brain damage.

Mr Fox - although battered and bruised - was uninjured in the accident and will be nursed back to full health at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueMr Fox - although battered and bruised - was uninjured in the accident and will be nursed back to full health at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

Amical Veterinary Centre sedated and tested the fox before it was transferred to the Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough.

The fox couldn't walk after being freed from under the car, but luckily had no sustained any major injuries. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueThe fox couldn't walk after being freed from under the car, but luckily had no sustained any major injuries. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

A FAR spokesman said: “The poor boy was in a terrible situation and it’s the quick thinking of the public that called our team that meant he was able to receive life saving treatment fast.

This peacock was rescued by Fenland Animal Rescue volunteers after it became stranded on a roof in Friday Bridge. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueThis peacock was rescued by Fenland Animal Rescue volunteers after it became stranded on a roof in Friday Bridge. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

“The cost of stabilising and treating the little chap is high and already over £1,000. Whilst some may think it’s a ‘waste’ of money, we believe that every life is worth no amount of money and we will do whatever necessary to help the animals in need.

This tortoise, called Henry, was reuinted with its owners by Fenland Animal Rescue after it was found wandering the streets in Outwell. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueThis tortoise, called Henry, was reuinted with its owners by Fenland Animal Rescue after it was found wandering the streets in Outwell. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

“It’s our belief that money is always replaceable, but a life is not.”

This otter was nursed back to full health after being found lying in a road in Whittlesey in December 2016. PHOTO: Fenland Animal RescueThis otter was nursed back to full health after being found lying in a road in Whittlesey in December 2016. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue

The animal was later taken to the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden, Northamptonshire, where he will stay until being returned to the wild.

The woman who found the fox said: “I found it in my front garden lying in a flower bed. After seeing me he dragged himself over the gravel and hid underneath the car that had been stationary.

“He certainly had not been hit by my car as it had been stationary the whole day. I would say he was hit on the Wimblington Road and became disorientated with an ear infection. I made a call to the rescue centre and they arrived within 30 minutes.”

FAR was founded two years ago by rescue specialist, Joshua Flanagan.

The charity runs its own foster and adoption programme and has rescued around 120 animals.

Missions have included:

• Two swans stuck in a drainage canal in Peterborough – February 2017

The FAR team took to the water to save two troubled swans which had been stuck in a drainage canal for a number of weeks.

Volunteers jumped in a kayak to rescue the birds and despite a struggle, the swans were caught, assessed and eventually released back into the wild.

• An otter pup found lying in a road in Whittlesey – December 2016

An otter pup was nursed back to health by the FAR team; it was given food, water and its own pen whilst being monitored by volunteers, before being transferred to a wildlife sanctuary in Scotland.

• A sparrowhawk found in a Chatteris garden – October 2016

FAR leapt to the aid of a sparrowhawk, which was found downed and unable to fly in a Chatteris garden.

The bird was rehydrated, fed and monitored by rescue technician, Russ Huber, before being released.

• A tortoise found wandering down an Outwell street – October 2016

FAR helped reunite a 45-year-old tortoise with its owner after it was found wandering along a street in Outwell.

The tortoise – called Henry – was picked up by the FAR team and assessed for any illnesses or injuries.

Henry received the all clear and was eventually reunited with his owner.

“He is one very lucky tortoise, that’s for sure!” said a FAR spokesman.

• Dramatic rooftop rescue of a peacock in Friday Bridge – June 2016

Perhaps the most bizarre rescue was to help retrieve a peacock which had become stranded on a roof.

The colourful bird put up “a bit of a fight,” according to volunteers, but was rescued and taken to the charity’s Whittlesey rehabilitation centre.

“None of the residents knew where this bird had come from, or anything about a potential owner,” said a spokesman.

4 comments

  • What a waste of money, a fox looks very sweet curled up asleep but is in fact a ruthless killing machine that will kill everything in a hen house until there is nothing left alive, the fox population is out of control and there needs to be a cull. Much more worthwhile to give £1000 to provide clean water to an African village or a donation to a children's hospice etc.

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    blister

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Whilst I am very supportive of alleviating the suffering of any living creature, in my opinion spending £1000 on veterinary care for a very seriously injured, and not very rare, wild animal is not a good use of resources.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Seriously? I have a rat trapped under my car, please can I have £1000 to rescue it? Do they not both deserve recuing?

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    baguio

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Caring work, well done to all those involved. Donation made on your website.

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    Norwich resident

    Friday, February 17, 2017

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