Construction workers in London thought they had rescued a mud-covered puppy but what the bedraggled creature turned out to be will shock you.
There's not a lot of urban wildlife left in London but as Jurassic Park's philosophical mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm might say: life, uh, finds a way. Even so, one can't blame construction workers at a Canary Wharf site for assuming the miserable, filthy, mud-covered creature found huddling in a hole had to be someone's lost puppy.
Protocol and common sense saw the workers bring the furry mudball to the nearest vet – in this case, the South Essex Wildlife Hospital. Staff at the facility swung into action, gently giving the animal a thorough scrubbing. As the minutes passed, clots of mud and plastic scraps dropped off the creature's coat; as the debris was washed away, the animal actually seemed to shrink in size!
At some point during the cleanup, staff realized they weren't dealing with a puppy at all – instead, a shy and subdued baby fox emerged from its clinging cocoon of crud. No matter, the South Essex Wildlife Hospital is an “equal opportunity” operation where almost any animal needing attention receives it; no questions asked. (via One Green Planet)