Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:32 PM

Baby fox rescued by Kensington firefighters

01/04/2019 16:32
Kensington and Chelsea
Animal rescue

Firefighters rescued a baby fox which was stuck inside a cavity wall in Queensway Market.

Fire crews were called to reports that an animal was trapped in a gap in the wall of the market. They were able to free the furry creature, who was unharmed though distressed by his experience.

Kensington Blue Watch Manager Scott Magdalani said:

 “The baby fox had somehow become trapped in the wall cavity of a ground floor shop. 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 come back and look for him.

“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. They said no and it was most likely that the mother had come back from him just as the RSPCA had said.” 

One fire engine and five firefighters attended the scene. The Brigade was called at 1632 and the incident was over by 1726.

If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Their dedicated experts can provide the best advice straight away, and will contact the Brigade directly if necessary.

** Update: A member of the public contacted Mama Cat Trust after seeing the baby fox and he was taken into their care **