After an appeal from a worried resident, a Croxley fox was freed and potentially saved from a world of pain, frustration and fear recently.
A picture circulated on the RCCG (Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and Croxley Green) Facebook group of a fox with a plastic bottle lodged on its nose and the 11,000 members jumped into action to try and find the animal.
Two days after the picture, the news was announced that the fox had been freed from the plastic bottle which posed the issue of the impact littering has on not only the environment, but the wildlife.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “Many people are unaware of the problems that litter can cause for our wildlife. Even something as simple as a plastic bag can cause terrible suffering to a small animal if they become trapped by it or if an animal eats it.
“People need to remember that litter can be lethal to wildlife and pets – so they must remember to dispose of it correctly.
“Every year, the RSPCA’s emergency line receives around 5,000 calls about litter-related incidents. These incidents are all very preventable if rubbish is disposed of properly and responsibly.
“We would urge people to recycle and reuse as much as possible and if it can no longer be used, it should be put in a bin.”
For more information on the impact of litter on animals, visit the RSPCA website rspca.org.uk