It’s not unusual to come face to face with nature even in a city but you don’t expect it to drop in for a visit.
But one family came face to face with a fox after it sneaked in to their home through an open catflap.
Animal love Kate Fryer was at home in Rawnsley Avenue, Mitcham, London, on December 15 when her daughter called out in surprise from the kitchen after going to the kitchen for her breakfast.
The critter had left a trail of destruction and left a trail of muddy footprints charting his journey after sneaking in through the family catflap so Kate called the RSPCA unsure of what to do.
Kim said: “My daughter found him at 7am and called up to me. I came down and spotted this little fox curled up on top of the microwave!
“I have five cats and a dog so obviously I have a cat flap. He must have crawled under the gate and through the cat flap.
“A couple of my plants were smashed and there was mud everywhere!
“She put the light on and one eye opened but he didn’t move. We could tell there was something wrong with him.”
They called the RSPCA and Inspector Phil Norman attended to collect the fox.
He was taken to the charity’s Putney Animal Hospital where vets checked him over and monitored him.
While he seemed extremely weak and lethargic to begin with he soon perked up and staff could find nothing wrong with him.
A hospital spokesperson said: “He had got in through the cat flap and found a nice warm spot to sleep in.
“He was quite happy to be brought in to the hospital for a health check but was understandably not keen on being in a cage.
“Fortunately he was quite healthy with a beautiful fluffy coat, so after a thorough check over he was released back to the area he was found in by one of the hospital staff.”
Mr Fox was just one of the 10,000 animals the RSPCA expects to rescue this winter as a result of the 55,821 calls the animal welfare charity’s 24-hour cruelty hotline receives over Christmas.