Department store evacuated after fox falls through ceiling

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A department store in Swindon was evacuated after a fox fell through the ceiling.

The House of Fraser store was closed to the public on a busy Bank Holiday Monday in the bizarre incident.

The animal had entered through the store room overnight on Sunday, setting off alarms. However, staff were unable to find it on Monday morning, so opened up shop anyway. 

It wasn’t until the trapped fox crashed through the ceiling panel at around lunchtime that customers were evacuated, told it was a “matter of safety”.

The fox then hid itself behind a rack of jeans until the Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue was called to come and pick it up.

“It is an adult female; she looks very fit, well and healthy, but obviously being in House of Fraser is not where she wants to be,” Chrissy Ball of Oak and Furrows told the Swindon Advertiser. 

“We didn’t want to release her into the centre of Swindon in the middle of the day,” she said.

After being fed and rested, the fox was released back into the wild. It is said to be unharmed.


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