RSPCA rescue Birmingham fox with head stuck in a tyre!

The hapless fox was spotted by a member of the public in Selly Oak

A hapless fox cub needed rescuing by firefighters after getting its head firmly stuck inside a TYRE.

Fire crews and RSPCA rescuers were called after a member of the public spotted the distressed animal on Woolacombe Lodge Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

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Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to snip a small hole in the wheel in order to free the cub, which is believed to have been trapped for a couple of days.

The male fox was then taken into the care of the RSPCA following the rescue at around 1pm on Tuesday (24/5).

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service shared photos of the young animal peering up at the camera while wedged inside the rusty wheel.

Wheely stuck - fox trapped in a tyre in Selly Oak, Birmingham

WMFS Bournbrook tweeted: "White watch, with assistance from the RSPCA have rescued this young fox that was stuck this afternoon."

One web user replied: "Poor little thing, hope he was okay."

Another added: "Great work, this is happening all too often to foxes, people need to be more careful discarding their rubbish."

The animal charity has previously warned people to store old tyres more carefully as animals can become trapped inside.

Foxes are known to stick their heads through the holes in the middle of wheels when they are looking for food but their ears stop them from reversing out.

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