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article imageFox found at top of UK's tallest skyscraper captured

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 25, 2011 in World
London - A young fox who was discovered living at the top of the 288 metre (945 foot) Shard building in London was captured and released.
The animal is believed to have gone up the stairwell at the Shard building, which is still under construction, and lived there for two weeks, surviving on food builders left for him.
The fox was called Romeo by council staff because he was captured shortly after Valentine's Day.
Metro reported that he Romeo was caught by Southwark Council pest control officers and taken to Riverside Animal Centre (which is part of the London Wildcare Trust) in Wallington.
"We were delighted to be able to help Romeo, the fox trapped 72 storeys up in the new Shard building in central London," stated a message of the centre's website. "Romeo spent four days with us receiving a comprehensive medical check up and several decent meals to get some weight back on him. He was released back into his own area last Sunday night and was strongly advised to avoid skyscrapers unless he planned to grow some wings!"
They found Romeo to be in good health other than he hadn't had quite enough to eat, and said that when he was released he glanced at the Shard and then trotted off in the other direction.
“Romeo wasn’t exactly living the high-life, having lived off scraps for two weeks, so I’m sure he was glad to have finally been rescued, the Sutton Guardian quoted Les Leonard, pest control manager at Southwark Council, as saying.
“As far as the job went, it was scary stuff heading all the way up to the top of the building, especially going up the last 34 floors on the outside of the building. It was definitely not your typical call out.”
Barrie Hargrove, of Southwark Council, said Romeo had been rather elusive.
"He's obviously a resourceful little chap, but I'm sure he's glad the adventure is over and hopefully he'll steer well clear of skyscrapers in the future," BBC News quoted him as saying.
The Fox Website reports that urban foxes were first established in cities such as Bristol and London during the 1940s. They rarely cause problems, and are efficient are keeping the rodent population down.
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