Fox cub caught in Edinburgh football netting

A FOX cub got tangled up in a set of children's football goals in an Edinburgh garden, prompting a warning from the Scottish SPCA.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 12:36 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 1:42 pm
The fox cub got itself tangled up in a football net. Picture: Scottish SPCA

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was called to rescue the female cub from a home in Corstorphine on Thursday (12 May) after the occupants discovered her distressed and entangled in the netting.

Animal Rescue Officer Connie O’Neill said, “This cub was well and truly tangled up and her mother was trying to rip the netting apart with her teeth in a bid to free her.


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“When I arrived at the property, the cub’s mother ran off and hid in a nearby bush and watched on as I cut the netting to free her cub.

“It was a lovely moment when she was freed and ran straight over to her mum before they both disappeared into the bushes.

“There was a happy ending in this instance but sadly there are many foxes and other wild animals such as hedgehogs and birds that are often caught in football netting and don’t survive.

“We’re keen to encourage people to tidy away their football nets when they are not in use as it could save an animal’s life.”

Anyone wishing to report an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.