Cute fox who ‘decided to take a boat ride’ rescued on River Thames – My London



In a very unusual turn of events, a tiny fox has been rescued from the River Thames after it went surfing on an upturned boat.

A member of the Shad Thames Residents Association (STRA) noticed a fox “decided to take a boat ride in St Saviour’s Dock”.

The cute animal jumped on a boat near Tower Bridge on Saturday (October 17).

Thanks to the amazing work of the London Fire Brigade and the RSPCA, the adventurous fox is thankfully safe now.

Pictures show that the fox was stuck on an upturned boat.

It looks as if he jumped or fell down onto the boat from the docks above, although there’s no clue on what may have encouraged him to look to get down onto the boat.

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The fox got stuck on an upturned boat (Image: Emma Sanderson-Nash)

The STRA said on Twitter: “A huge thank you to the London Fire Brigade and RSPCA for saving a little fox who decided to take a boat ride in St Saviour’s Dock.

“You were all brilliant. A truly lovely display of care and kindness.”

Photos show the LFB managed to coax the fox into a cage and carrying him to shore.

If you live in London, it’s unlikely that you haven’t seen a fox at some point.

There’s loads of urban foxes in London (Image: jans canon/Wikimedia Commons)

They tend to walk around looking for food in the bins or else take themselves off to explore parks, commons and woodland.

Sometimes, if it’s dark, all you can spot is their bright yellow eyes, peering at you from inside a bush.

There’s around 18 foxes per square kilometre in London, according to the British Trust for Ornithology.

Most of themselves they keep themselves to themselves, but occasionally they clearly like to add a bit of excitement to their lives.

For this little fox, perhaps a boat ride looked too inviting to resist.

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