A fox relaxing on the roof of Lewes Castle sparked a rescue mission yesterday afternoon (Thursday).
Animal rescuers were called to the historic landmark after members of the public became concerned at the fox’s welfare.
Visitors to the castle were able to look down from the castle’s Keep and see the fox out stretched on the roof below.
Members of the public raised concerns with castle staff as to whether the fox could get down, whether it was getting too hot, and whether due to visitors the fox was frightened to leave the roof, so staff called out East Sussex WRAS.
Rescuers Trevor Weeks and Chris Riddington discovered the fox curled up in the shade asleep after scaling an embankment and climbing onto the roof.
But the fox quickly jumped up and ran across the roof.
“As I approached, the fox ran along the roof out of site, then was seen running over the top back towards the Castle Embankment where it ran across the slope and out of sight,” said Trevor.
“The fox was clearly the King of the Castle on this occasion and felt relaxed enough to enjoy a snooze on the roof believing it was not going to get disturbed.
“We were able to see that the fox was fit and well when it got up and ran off.
“We get a lot of calls from people who see foxes out during the day or asleep on flat roofs. People think foxes should be nocturnal but it is normal for them to come out during the day and night and they love sun bathing.”
Trevor said WRAS has been exceptionally busy this month with rescuers rushing round and working more than 17 hours days frequently.
He also said the organisation was desperately in need of support both financially and voluntarily to help with orphan rearing, feeding and cleaning, rescuers and a receptionist.
Anyone interested in helping should e-mail Kathy@eastsussexwras.org.uk or go to http://wildlifeambulance.org/how-you-can-help/volunteering/