A frog who has traveled more than 4,000 miles on a bunch of bananas is one of the RSPCA’s most “weird and wonderful” animal rescues of 2022.
The charity said its officers had been called in to deal with animal incidents ranging from a seal pup on a cliff to a fox with its head stuck in various objects and a five-foot python found in a McDonald’s restaurant.
One of the first animals to be rescued in 2022 is Nacho, a six-month-old seal pup found on the banks of a river in a pub in Bristol’s Keynsham in January.
Another seal pup was found two days later on a cliff in Weyburn, Norfolk, 50ft from the beach.
In February, the charity was called to a fox trapped in a watering can in Colchester, Essex, and another fox was found hiding a large tin of dog food in Barking, London.
RSPCA inspector Dale Grant said it was a warning of “how dangerous the rubbish can be”.
Several foxes, including a pup found in a shed in Orpington, southeast London, got stuck in the center hole of the old wheel in April.
Rescuer Rodney Kenny said residents also found his sister in the shed looking anxiously at her brother.
He said there was “no time” as the fox may have been trapped without food or water for days, but was quickly cleared with soapy water and both cubs were cared for.
python crawls over mcdonalds
In July, patrons at a McDonald’s in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, came across a five-foot python crawling through the restaurant.
The non-venomous snake was handed over to staff and placed in a box before being collected by the RSPCA.
RSPCA rescuers used barbecue tongs to pull a hedgehog from an open drain in Hull, East Yorkshire, in August.
Then in September, fire brigades were called after another hedgehog fell 25ft into a historic igloo in Dawnay Estates, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
“Sorry, what’s in a banana?”
The RSPCA was called in September after a Hispanic common tree frog traveled 4,300 miles from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean to the UK for a bunch of bananas.
Ian Holloway, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, said: “We were opening shopping bags in the kitchen and my wife turned to me and said ‘look there’s a frog in the banana’ and I said ‘sorry, there’s a frog in the banana’ what?’ “
Rescuer Jonny Wood said the frog was doing well despite the distance.
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Dermot Murphy of the RSPCA said: “Our teams work 365 days a year to save animals from danger and suffering, and we are often their only hope.
“It’s an honor to reach out to animals in dire need, and we hope people enjoy seeing some of the weird and wonderful places animals find themselves in need of our help.”