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TWO quick-thinking nurses came to the rescue to help free the vixen moments from death after she got caught in the trap.

Jenny Stone, 25, spotted the distressed animal on the side of the road while she was driving to work.

The veterinary nurse thought the female fox was dead but noticed she was trying to move her head in the trap.

Jenny, who works at the Tiptree Veterinary Centre, in Essex, called the practice manager at the surgery, went to the surgery to pick up the ambulance, some sedation and a muzzle and went back with Yvonne to release the vixen.

Yvonne, 35, said: ‘We managed to sedate her — she was really calm, it’s like they just know when you’re trying to help them.

‘We knew that she had wounds on her neck and we just wanted to get her back to the clinic. Our vet checked her over and administered the medication and we treated her for light wounds on her neck.

‘She was in absolutely beautiful condition — we think her coat protected her from the snare — she was really healthy.’

The vet discovered she had not long given birth and so wanted to reunite the vixen with her cubs as soon as possible. The animal, believed to be around two years old, weighed seven kilos — about the weight of a small dog — and was full of milk.

The two vets drove the vixen back to the spot where she was found and reversed the sedation.

Type of snare



Tiptree, Essex


March 2019



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