Skyscraper-Dwelling Fox Evicted

Animal found living 72 stories up in UK's tallest building
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2011 4:39 AM CST
The Shard building, right, was home to Romeo for around two weeks.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A fox found living at the top of the UK's tallest building is now back at ground level. The animal, nicknamed Romeo, survived by eating food from the workers who are still constructing London's 945-foot Shard skyscraper, the BBC reports. Animal control workers, who believe Romeo entered the building through the central stairwell and lived there for around two weeks, captured him and released him back onto city streets after giving him a checkup.

"We explained to him that if foxes were meant to be 72 stories off the ground, they would have evolved wings," says the chief of the animal center where Romeo was brought. "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." (Read more London stories.)

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