In pictures: RSPCA reveals its favourite animal rescues of 2019

The RSPCA has revealed its most unusual rescue missions of the year, including a fox trapped in a car wheel, a seal stuck on a cliff and a greedy squirrel with its legs caught in a bird feeder.

With the new year just around the corner, the charity has released images of animals who have found themselves in a spot of bother during 2019.

In one case, storage centre workers in Bristol found a fox with his head stuck in the middle of an old wheel.

RSPCA officers moved the ailing animal to Bristol Animal Rescue Centre Clinic, where staff used veterinary lubricant and rubbed it all over his head and neck to slowly and carefully manoeuvre him out.

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The fox, nicknamed “Michelin” by staff, was taken back to the area he was found and released.

In another case, a young seal found herself stuck on top of a 164 foot (50 metres) tall sea cliff at Abercastle in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

A member of the public spotted the one-month-old seal pup on September 29 and a call was made to the RSPCA.

Animal collection officer Ellie West said: “This was quite an unusual place to find a seal as she must have travelled some distance and up a steep incline to get there.”

Another adventurous grey seal stumped RSPCA rescuers called to collect him from the top of a 10-foot-high World War Two pillbox on Fraisthorpe Beach, Yorkshire, in February.

Leanne said: “The poor seal was clearly distressed and we could see he had injured his eye. The sheer sides and height of the pillbox made the rescue quite a challenge.

“We managed to manoeuvre him into a net and, supporting his weight between us, carefully lowered him.”

The seal received veterinary treatment and was returned to the wild the following day.

Other animals in the pictures include a deer stuck in park railings, a squirrel trapped in bird feed and a horse stuck in a cattle grid.

RSPCA's best animal rescues of 2019
RSPCA's best animal rescues of 2019
RSPCA's best animal rescues of 2019
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An injured grey seal stumped RSPCA rescuers who were called to collect him – from the top of a 10ft high Second World War pillbox.
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Storage centre workers in Bristol found a fox with his head stuck in the middle of an old tyre in October.
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RSPCA and fire service teams were called to Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in April to rescue a ferret who got stuck in a waste pipe at the top of a two-storey building.
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A Cardiff cab driver discovered a corn snake under the bonnet of a taxi in October.
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A young seal found herself in quite an unusual predicament – on top of a 50-metre-high sea cliff at Abercastle.
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A woman from South Croydon had a shock in May when she heard strange noises coming from the bins at the front of her home – and found a tiny fox cub inside one.
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A walker found a sheep having a baaaaad day in Barnstaple in December – with her head stuck in a wire fence.
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A woman was shocked to find a fox curled up in a wardrobe in her second-floor flat in Dagenham, London, in December.
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A horse needed help after getting stuck in a cattle grid in Abertillery, Wales, in December.
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An elderly cat used up one of his nine lives after getting his leg stuck in a washing machine door at a home in Tipton, West Midlands.
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A male roe deer found himself in a spot of bother when he got stuck in metal railings around St James Churchyard in Barlborough, Derbyshire.
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A greedy squirrel got caught red-pawed with his hands in the cookie jar after getting trapped in a bird feed in Redditch, Worcestershire, in July.
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A woman had a surprise in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, in July after opening her kitchen drawer to find a snake inside.
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Rolls-Royce staff were shell-shocked after finding a turtle wandering through their Technology and Logistics Centre in West Sussex in July.
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A baby corn snake was found by a member of staff in a takeaway tub in a McDonald's in Middlesborough in July.
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An embarrassed fox needed a helping hand after getting stuck in a tangle of ivy hanging from a garden fence in Soilhull, West Midlands.
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A five-month-old baby's parents were horrified when they found a 1-metre-long python slithering around their daughter's nursery in Tadworth, Surrey, in August.
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