The Shard serves its First Eviction (to a fox)
Romeo – a 6 month-old fox cub – has been living the high life for the past two weeks after getting stranded on the top floor of The Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper.
The crafty fox, which is thought to have entered the construction site and worked its way to the 72nd floor of the building via the central stairwell, has been living off builders’ sandwiches and scraps until it was spotted by a crane driver.
Southwark Council’s pest control team eventually caught the fox and took it to an animal sanctuary for a health check, before it was released back onto its familiar habitat on the streets of London.
Pest controller Les Leonard said that he initially thought the report was a hoax.
“I’ve got a fear of heights and getting the hoist lift from the 35th floor to the 72nd was terrifying,” he said. “On the second day it ran straight past us then scrambled up a 10 foot ladder onto the rafters. It was surreal, we couldn’t believe that a fox could go that high.”
Ted Burden, founder of the Riverside Animal Centre where Romeo was treated, said: “We explained to him that if foxes were meant to be 72 stories off the ground, they would have evolved wings.
“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.”
The glass-clad Shard London Bridge is set to be Europe’s tallest skyscraper, which will stand at 1,017 ft when completed in 2012. It will offer premium office space, a hotel, luxury apartments, restaurants, and a 15-storey public viewing gallery at the top.
The photos show the Shard in its current state of construction (top), as of January 2011, and the lower photograph is a graphic of how the structure is expected to look on completion in 2012.
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