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Friday, February 25, 2011

Fox cub found at top of The Shard

A fox cub has been found living off builders' food scraps at the top of Britain's tallest skyscraper.

The fox - dubbed Romeo by rescuers - was discovered on the 72nd-floor summit of London's Shard tower.

He spent two weeks there before pest controllers snared him in a special bated cage, reports The Sun.

The Shard building, still under construction, offers sensational panoramic views across London.

It was an unlikely home for a scavenger - until the fearless young intruder clawed his way 945ft to the top.

The creature was finally returned to earth by pest controllers, who completed a terrifying climb up the building's central stairwell.

Les Leonard, pest control manager at Southwark Council, said: "It was unbelievable. To get up there the fox would have had to climb 71 sets of stairs and an old-fashioned ladder.

"We finally caught him in a large fox cage, baited with chicken carcasses. You have to go up in a hoist from the 35th to the 72nd floor - it set my nerves on edge."

The fox, said by experts to be less than six months old, was living on a squash-court sized platform. He has since been released in the city.

Due for completion in summer 2012, the Shard will rise to 1,016ft, making it the EU's tallest building and the world's 45th highest.

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