A fox cub named ‘Sticky’ was just hours away from death after he was luckily found and rescued by the Scottish SPCA last week. He was said to have been stuck in the trap overnight and even when found it took the SPCA team hours to free the cub who was squealing in pain. While some of Sticky’s skin and fur was damaged it is now looking like he will make a full recovery which is great news! He will spend the next few weeks at the SSPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Alloa before he is then released back into the wild again.

Image: SSPCA

SSPCA wildlife manager Steve Gray said: "The prognosis for Sticky wasn't good. The glue trap had seriously damaged his fur and skin.

"The team spent hours treating him on arrival and their efforts have really paid off.

"Now, he's a happy, playful baby fox who is getting on well with the other cubs we've grouped him with.

"In a few months', we will release Sticky at a suitable release site where we hope he will have a long, happy life in the wild."

Image: PETA UK


What are glue traps?

As summarised by Peta UK, glue traps are “One of the cruelest methods of killing animals that exists today is the glue trap. These devices consist of pieces of cardboard, fiberboard, or plastic coated with a sticky adhesive designed to ensnare any small animal who wanders across or lands on its surface. In addition to being cruel, indiscriminate, and unsanitary, glue traps and other lethal methods never work to keep rodents away in the long run, and their use will actually backfire. This is because when animals are killed or otherwise removed, the resultant spike in the food supply causes accelerated breeding among survivors and newcomers—and this means increased populations!”

The SSPCA has since renewed their calls for a glue trap ban. While Sticky was lucky this time round there are unfortunately countless animals that fall victim to these brutal traps.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban