A fox had a lucky escape after he was rescued by the RSPCA from a metal spike on an iron gate in Brighton on Monday (December 5).
Rescuers found the animal had tried to jump through the gaps in an iron gate but fallen and impaled itself on one of the metal spikes.
RSPCA animal collection officer Claire Thomas was called to the scene in New Steine Mews and rushed the fox to RSPCA Mallydams Wood wildlife centre for treatment.
ACO Thomas said: “This poor fox was in a real fix - but very, very lucky.
“It seems as though he tried to jump through the gap in the gate but misjudged it, fallen and got caught on the metal spike.
“Luckily the spike missed his vital organs. The vets at Mallydams were able to take him in to surgery and stitch up the wound. Thankfully he is recovering well - which is great news.
“It was very lucky he was found as he would’ve been in a lot of pain.
“We are keeping an eye on him at the moment and making sure he is getting the treatment he needs. He’s not out of the woods yet but we hope that once he is well again we can release him back to the wild.
“We can only carry out rescues like this with your help. Please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).”