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Fox removed from Shard tower

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A fox has been extracted from the top of Renzo Piano’s 288 metre-tall Shard skyscraper in Southwark, London, having lived there for the past two weeks

Named Romeo by staff, the feral creature is thought to have accessed to tower’s peak via a central stairwell which opens at ground level.

It is thought that Romeo subsisted on food scraps from lunches left by workers on the site.

Southwark Council pest control officers caught the intruder - who had lodged himself on the 72nd floor - yesterday afternoon.

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.

‘He’s obviously a resourceful little chap, but I’m sure he’s glad the adventure is over and hopefully he’ll steer well clear of skyscrapers in the future.’

The fox has been relocated to the Riverside Animal Centre in Wallington and is said to be in a good condition.

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  • 'subsisted on food scraps' - can that be translated as 'fed and encouraged' or is a high rise construction site really adorned with decaying food waste?

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