A fox and dog have been rescued from a rabbit hole after being trapped there for 12 hours.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit (TRU) carried out the double-rescue in Lavant, Chichester after the dog’s owner was unable to coax him out of the hole.
The Jack Russell, named Max, was located with cameras and listening devices on Wednesday evening.
The TRU found that he had been stuck in the rabbit hole along with a fox.
Charlie Eastwell, TRU crew commander, said: “We began to dig around the network of tunnels towards where we had seen Max and the fox.
“Just as we broke through into the tunnel, Max poked his head out through, and with some encouragement from his owner, out he came.”
Ms Eastwell said there was “no lasting damage” as Max reunited with his owner, and the fox ran into the night.
She said: “It was almost three in the morning by the time we had packed up and left the scene, but we would much rather that people called us for help if their pets end up trapped in a situation like this.
“Not only do we not want people to put themselves at risk trying to rescue their pets, but we have equipment – like listening devices and cameras – that allow us to locate the animal with minimal disruption and destruction to the network of tunnels.
“We were all delighted to see Max reunited with his owner, but we think that both he and the fox have learned their lesson and won’t be exploring any rabbit warrens together in future!”