Inspector Ellie Burt attended a call in Exeter from a concerned local resident about a fox apparently hiding in the bushes.
The fox was said to be lethargic, stationary and had been losing weight over the course of a few days.
“We asked them to try the broom test, to ensure the fox was still alive, and were told that it didn’t move but tracked them with its eyes and seemed to be breathing well,” says Burt about the incident.
“As soon as I arrived I realised that this wasn’t a live fox, but a dead fox who’d been stuffed by a taxidermist,” she adds. “He’d clearly been placed under a bush outside of the houses as a prank. After speaking to some of the neighbours, I soon discovered that someone had been moving it around the neighbourhood.”
After seeking permission from another resident they discarded the stuffed fox to avoid any further calls.