Foxes are naturally bold and inquisitive animals - so it should come as no surprise if, on occasion, their curiosity gets the better of them.
This adult male, however, poked his nose in a little too far... and had to suffer the indignity of an emergency rescue operation after getting his head stuck in a watering can for two days and nights.
The trapped animal - which may have become trapped as it tried to hunt a frog or a mouse inside the can - was spotted in an agitated state running around in the back garden of a bungalow in Solihull, near Birmingham.
The RSPCA was called, and found the was animal so firmly stuck that it took two officers to prise off the watering can, shifting the plastic container just a few millimetres at a time.
The adult male fox was not allowed to run free right away, however. The inspectors held it with a grasper to ensure he was not injured and did not require veterinary attention.
He was found to be fit and healthy - despite having been deprived of food and water for at least two days - and so was allowed back into the wild.
RSPCA Inspector Jonathan Ratcliffe said: 'The fox was thrashing about in quite a distressed state when we got there.
'I have no doubt that he would have died if we had not managed to get the watering can off, either from dehydration or from not seeing where he was going and so being killed by a car. My feeling is that there must have been a mouse or a frog or something at the bottom of the can - some sort of tasty snack which would have attracted him to put his head in.
'The watering can was covered in moss and mould and looked as if it was litter. This only goes to remind people of the dangers such discarded items can pose to wildlife.'