Young Fox Found Living Atop Europe’s Soon To Be Tallest Skyscraper

Usually when you have unexpected visitors wandering a still-under-construction skyscraper, it’s squatters, renegade skydivers, the tightrope guy from Man on Wire or some mix of all three. However, this week in London was something new altogether. Found by way of Archinect is the news that a six month old fox had been found living at the very top of the city’s and Europe’s soon-to-be tallest building, the Shard. After what would have been a very harrowing climb for a person, moving from the completed 35th floor to the completely open air 72nd, the sort of thing that apparently doesn’t bothers foxes, the animal had been living “on a squash-court sized platform,” living off food that construction workers had left behind. Fortunately, thanks to the daring efforts of animal control officers, he was rescued and returned to terrain more native to foxes:

“We think he got the message and, as we released him back on to the streets of Bermondsey shortly after midnight on Sunday, he glanced at the Shard and then trotted off in the other direction,” Mr Burden said. Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council, said: “Romeo has certainly been on a bit of a jaunt, and proved rather elusive, but I’m glad our pest control officers were able to help out.”

With that nice story to leave you with, this writer heads off on a quick vacation to someplace much warmer than Chicago. See you again on Tuesday.