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Fox hitches free ride on London sightseeing bus

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Image caption The fox took in the sights of central London before being rescued by the RSPCA

A free-riding fox surprised sightseers on a London tour bus - who found themselves sharing the experience with the furry stowaway.

The four-legged tourist is thought to have slipped onto the double-decker while it was parked in a depot.

It sat on the top deck and rode the bus until Park Lane, in the heart of the capital, when it was finally spotted.

RSPCA animal collection officer Jill Sanders, said: "Nowhere does it say that a fox can't travel.

"But understandably staff were a little concerned about the fox's welfare."

Passengers were taken off and the bus was locked so Ms Sanders could safely catch the fox.

It was then returned to its den, being released into undergrowth near the bus depot.

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