A baby fox was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a cavity wall at a market.
Fire crews in Kensington, west London, were called to Queensway Market after reports that the animal was trapped and unable to free itself.
They released the animal, who they named Ian after a retiring colleague, by sawing a hole in the wall, then left him nearby in a box with some water after the RSPCA advised the cub’s mother would likely come looking for him.
London Fire Brigade manager Scott Magdalani said: “I went back after work and saw that the box had gone. I rang an emergency vet to see if anyone had taken Ian into them.
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_officialhttps://t.co/LUGJAmgiPdpic.twitter.com/JOMJTWfj5K
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) April 2, 2019
“They said no and it was most likely that the mother had come back for him just as the RSPCA had said.”
The fox was said to be distressed by the experience but otherwise unharmed.