Quick brown fox! Moment a fox is spotted riding down motorway on the roof of a van 1

Quick brown fox! Moment a fox is spotted riding down motorway on the roof of a van

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Quick brown fox! Moment a fox is spotted riding down motorway on the roof of a van

  • Mithul Santosh from Gillingham, Kent saw a fox on top of a moving van on the M2
  • The commuter said that he spotted the animal while driving his friend to work
  • The van driver later stopped at a layby to get the unusual passenger off the roof


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Two men travelling down the motorway were surprised to see a unique passenger riding on top of a van roof in front of them – a fox.

Footage of the animal’s unusual morning commute shows the fox moving around the top of a van as traffic going 70mph passes under a bridge on the M2 near Bredhurst, Kent.

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Mithul Santhosh saw the bizarre events unfold last Friday while he was taking his friend Sooraj Vijay to work at 6.50am.

The baffled commuters said they were concerned the fox may cause an accident on the road but the van driver later pulled over to retrieve the furry van surfer.

The pair believe another driver may have warned him, or that he may have heard his footsteps through the roof.

Mr Santhosh, who is from Gillingham, Kent said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.

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Mithul Santhosh and Sooraj Vijay are baffled to see a fox on the roof a van travelling down the M2 near Bredhurst, Kent

Mithul Santhosh and Sooraj Vijay are baffled to see a fox on the roof a van travelling down the M2 near Bredhurst, Kent

‘We were actually worried about the vehicles behind the van because if the fox had jumped into the road, there was a chance of an accident.

‘The driver was informed by another driver, and he stopped and rescued the fox.

‘We watched it for two or three minutes but we couldn’t stop because we were worried there could have been an accident.’ 

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE AN ANIMAL ON THE ROAD

A healthy animal on any road has the potential to become a serious welfare concern if not dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Because the situation can quickly become risky to both the animal itself and road users, ALL healthy animals on ALL roads are the responsibility of the police, Traffic Wales or Highways England.

If any of these organisations require the RSPCA’s assistance to capture or transport a healthy animal they are dealing with, they will contact the RSPCA directly and so there’s no need to reach out to them personally.

If there’s a healthy animal on a motorway or major ‘A’ road in England or Wales, call the Highways Agency (for England) on 0300 123 5000 or Traffic Wales on 0845 602 6020 so that arrangements can be made for the animal to be removed.

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Any healthy stray animals found on minor roads in England and Wales should be reported to the police so that they can decide on the actions necessary to ensure the safety of road users and the animal.

SOURCE: RSPCA

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This isn’t the first time a fox made itself at home on top of a vehicle.

Last December a musician was stunned to discover a lazy fox fast asleep on his car’s soft top roof – and the animal stubbornly refused to budge even when prompted.

Chris Payn had just finished a gig in Poole, Dorset when he returned to his purple MG MGF soft top to find the unwanted visitor using his car as a bed.

Walking into the car park, the 25-year-old rock front man initially thought a ginger cat was curled up on his vehicle, but was shocked to find it was actually a sleeping fox. 

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Footage shows the creature briefly look up at Mr Payn as he asks him to climb down, before putting his head back on his tail and dozing off again. 

Rock musician Chris Payn returned from a gig in Poole, Dorset to discover a fox sleeping on the roof of his purple  MGF sports car

Rock musician Chris Payn returned from a gig in Poole, Dorset to discover a fox sleeping on the roof of his purple  MGF sports car

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