An adorable fox cub nicknamed Sticky is now on the mend after getting stuck in an harmful glue trap while roaming around Edinburgh, Scotland.
An inspector from the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (SSCPA) came to the poor critter's rescue after hearing its cries and immediately brought it over to the organization's National Wildlife Rescue Centre.
"The prognosis for Sticky wasn’t good. The glue trap had seriously damaged his fur and skin," revealed SSPCA wildlife manager Steve Gray. "The team spent hours treating him on arrival and their efforts have really paid off. Now, he’s a happy, playful baby fox who is getting on well with the other cubs we’ve grouped him with."
Keep scrolling to see Sticky's rescue and makeover.
Time to get squeaky clean! According to BBC, the baby fox was bathed in a mixture of "fairy liquid, vegetable oil and soapy water."
The SSPCA is renewing calls to try and ban the dangerous traps, which are meant to catch rodents.
"We understand a pest control firm supplied the address with glue traps to deter vermin. Shockingly, glue traps are still legal in the UK," noted SSPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn. "This poor fox cub's lucky escape is further proof that they are an ineffective form of pest control."
Some of his fur had to be shaved off since the glue caused it to become matted. Thankfully, his fur has started growing back in!
"The SSPCA has long advocated a total ban on glue traps," added Flynn. "Thankfully, our brilliant rescuer and wildlife team have been able to save and care for Sticky, but many other wild animals aren't so lucky."
Look at those eyes! A new photo proved that the little one was back in fighting form. Within a few months, Sticky will be placed "at a suitable release site where we hope he will have a long, happy life in the wild," shared Gray.
Last year, the SSPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre treated over 7,500 wild animals.