£1,000 rescue effort saves the life of fox trapped underneath the car that hit it on a Fenland road

This fox was left unable to walk after being hit and trapped by a car. Fenland Animal Rescue came to

This fox was left unable to walk after being hit and trapped by a car. Fenland Animal Rescue came to his rescue and it is now on the way to a full recovery. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

A fox that was trapped underneath the car that hit it on a Fenland road is on the mend thanks to a £1,000 rescue effort by charity volunteers.

The fox, nicknamed Mr Fox by staff at Fenland Animal Rescue, was rushed to the Amical Veterinary Sur

The fox, nicknamed Mr Fox by staff at Fenland Animal Rescue, was rushed to the Amical Veterinary Surgery in March before being moved to the Best Friends Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough for scans. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

The poignant face of the fox stared up at members of Fenland Animal Rescue (FAR) who arrived on a rescue mission.

Mr Fox is now on the road to recovery at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland

Mr Fox is now on the road to recovery at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

They used a car jack to release the fox but it was rushed to a vet in near March after being unable to stand and appeared to be suffering brain damage.

Staff from Fenland Animal Rescue and the Amical Vets in March rushed the Mr Fox's aid. PHOTO: Fenlan

Staff from Fenland Animal Rescue and the Amical Vets in March rushed the Mr Fox's aid. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

Amical Veterinary Centre sedated and tested the fox before it was transferred to the Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough.

Mr Fox - although battered and bruised - was uninjured in the accident and will be nursed back to fu

Mr Fox - although battered and bruised - was uninjured in the accident and will be nursed back to full health at the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

A Fenland Animal Rescue spokesman said: “The poor boy was in a terrible situation and it’s the quick thinking of the public that called our team that meant he was able to receive life saving treatment fast.

The fox couldn't walk after being freed from under the car, but luckily had no sustained any major i

The fox couldn't walk after being freed from under the car, but luckily had no sustained any major injuries. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant


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“The cost of stabilising and treating the little chap is high and already over £1,000. Whilst some may think it’s a ‘waste’ of money, we believe that every life is worth no amount of money and we will do whatever necessary to help the animals in need.

Volunteers had to take to the water in a kayak to save two swans from a drainage canal in Hampton ea

Volunteers had to take to the water in a kayak to save two swans from a drainage canal in Hampton earlier this year. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

“It’s our belief that money is always replaceable, but a life is not.”

This otter was nursed back to full health after being found lying in a road in Whittlesey in Decembe

This otter was nursed back to full health after being found lying in a road in Whittlesey in December 2016. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

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The animal was later taken to the National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden, Northamptonshire, where he will stay until being returned to the wild.

FAR animal rescue technician, Russ Huber, with a sparrowhawk that was found downed in a Chatteris ga

FAR animal rescue technician, Russ Huber, with a sparrowhawk that was found downed in a Chatteris garden. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

Fenland Animal Rescue was founded two years ago by rescue specialist, Joshua Flanagan.

This tortoise, called Henry, was reuinted with its owners by Fenland Animal Rescue after it was foun

This tortoise, called Henry, was reuinted with its owners by Fenland Animal Rescue after it was found wandering the streets in Outwell. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

The charity runs its own foster and adoption programme that allows animals to find a loving home, and has rescued around 120 animals.

This peacock was rescued by Fenland Animal Rescue volunteers after it became stranded on a roof in F

This peacock was rescued by Fenland Animal Rescue volunteers after it became stranded on a roof in Friday Bridge. PHOTO: Fenland Animal Rescue - Credit: Archant

Fenland Animal Rescue missions have included:

• Two swans stuck in a drainage canal in Hampton, Peterborough – February 2017

The FAR team was forced to take to the water in order to save two troubled swans which had been stuck in a drainage canal for a number of weeks.

Volunteers jumped in a kayak to rescue the birds and despite a struggle, the swans were caught, assessed and eventually released back into the wild.

• An otter pup found lying in a road in Whittlesey – December 2016

An otter pup was nursed back to full health by the FAR team after being found lying lifeless in a road in Whittlesey.

The pup was given food, water and its own pen whilst being monitored by volunteers, before being transferred to a wildlife sanctuary in Scotland.

• A sparrowhawk found in a Chatteris garden – October 2016

Fenland Animal Rescue leapt to the aid of a sparrowhawk, which was found downed and unable to fly in a Chatteris garden.

Believed to have been downed due to bad weather, the injured bird of prey was rehydrated, fed and monitored by the team’s animal rescue technician, Russ Huber, before being released.

• A tortoise found wandering down an Outwell street – October 2016

Fenland Animal Rescue helped reunite a 45-year-old tortoise with its owner after it was found wandering along a street in Outwell.

After receiving a call from a member of the public, the tortoise – called Henry – was picked up by the FAR team and assessed for any illnesses or injuries.

Henry received the all clear and was eventually reunited with his owner after the FAR team had tracked them down.

“He is one very lucky tortoise, that’s for sure!” said a FAR spokesman.

• Dramatic rooftop rescue of a peacock in Friday Bridge – June 2016

Perhaps the most bizarre of all the team’s recent rescues, volunteers were called to help retrieve a peacock which had become stranded on a roof in Friday Bridge.

The colourful bird put up “a bit of a fight,” according to volunteers, but was eventually rescued and taken to the charity’s Whittlesey rehabilitation centre.

“None of the residents knew where this bird had come from, or anything about a potential owner in the area,” said a spokesman.

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