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Baby bat rescued from plug hole in Chislehurst home

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 January 2018

This baby bat was rescued from a plug hole at a home in Chislehurst. Picture: RSPCA

This baby bat was rescued from a plug hole at a home in Chislehurst. Picture: RSPCA

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The RSPCA was called to some bizarre incidents last year when animals really did do the funniest things.

Take for instance a tiny bat rescued from a plug hole at a house in Chislehurst.

Animal collection officer Kirstie Gillard was called out after the homeowner spotted the rather bedraggled baby bat just half the size of a thumb.

She said: “We think he must have flown in through the window.”

Miniature hot water bottles crafted from plastic glove fingers aided recovery of the sodden critter.

After a few days recuperation at the Wildlife Aid Foundation hospital, it was finally released back into the wild and freedom again.

In Bexleyheath, five-year-old terrier Poppy escaped and got well and truly stuck in a metal fence at Danson Park.

The RSPCA and firefighters extracted her.

Kirstie was on the scene again and said: “I don’t know how she did it, there was no give in those bars.”

Relieved owner Julia Clifford added: “Getting stuck could have saved her.

“I was so relieved that she was home, safe and sound, and hadn’t run into the road or been hit by a car.”

And who said foxes were sly and clever? Like Poppy, one ended up stuck in a fence so the fire service was needed in Dartford.

RSPCA Inspector Rosemary Leach said it had tried jumping through a gap and was being asphyxiated.

It was freed and taken to South Essex Wildlife Hospital for treatment to wounds on his foot where he’d been scrambling to get out.

“Thankfully, after a couple of days of monitoring he was able to be released back to the wild,” Insp Leach said.

The RSPCA said: “Animals sometimes get themselves in a bit of a pickle and need a helping hand to set them free.

“That’s where we come in. The animal welfare charity’s dedicated officers and inspectors spend their days rescuing pets from cruelty, helping sick and injured animals, and freeing both domestic and wild critters from rather embarrassing situations and the last 12 months have not been the exception.”

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