RSPCA called out to rescue fox trapped in Leeds city centre car park

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This fox enjoyed a taste of life in Leeds after wandering into a city centre park.

'Freddie the Fox' was spotted among the vehicles on the top level of CitiPark's Merrion Centre and First Direct Arena car park yesterday. (September 10)

Freddie the Fox. PIC: CitiPark

Freddie the Fox. PIC: CitiPark

The RSPCA was called before Freddie was safely removed.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: "Two officers attended to rescue the fox but when they arrived at the car park it soon became clear that the fox was not injured and in good health, which meant it was extremely difficult to contain the animal to move him to a more suitable spot.

“The officers decided it would be best to allow the fox to leave the car park in his own time, rather than causing him unnecessary stress by moving him. However, if anyone does have any further concerns about this fox, or any animal in need, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

“Foxes are truly omnivorous, without specialised food requirements, so it is not surprising that they live in many of our towns and cities. Overgrown areas and spaces under garden sheds provide perfect shelter for them and food is abundant. Older housing in industrial towns and many modern developments have little open space or small gardens but may still support populations of urban foxes, much like this car park visitor.”

John Gautrey, chief operating officer at CitiPark, said: "We would like to thank the car park staff for handling the situation and doing their best to keep ‘Freddie the Fox’ and our customers safe whilst they waited for the animal welfare team to arrive."

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