While RSPCA officers have to deal with a lot of distressing and shocking cases, they are also called out to some rather strange situations. And, often, many turn out to be a mistake.

A tethered tiger and a frozen duck - beat those blues this Monday with RSPCA’s funniest calls

Whether it’s a case of mistaken identity or a well-intentioned accident, every year the RSPCA receives dozens of call-outs that turn out to be far from first thought.

By Leanne Clarke
Monday, 17th January 2022, 9:56 am

While RSPCA officers have to deal with a lot of distressing and shocking cases, they are also called out to some rather strange situations. And, often, many turn out to be a mistake.

So to cheer you up this Blue Monday, here are some of the funniest call-outs they had in 2021.

The RSPCA receives a call for help every 30 seconds and, in 2021, inspectors responded to more than 280,000 incidents. Our staff would ask the public to monitor any sick, injured or trapped animals from a safe distance and to report concerns to our emergency hotline - open 365 days a year - on 0300 1234 999.

A spokesperson said: “No day is ever the same at the RSPCA and we get called to the weird and wonderful as well as the sad. One thing you learn very quickly in this job is to expect the unexpected!

“While these calls certainly gave us a chuckle there is also an important message here: we’re stretched more and more each year and, while we appreciate that all of these callers were trying to do their best and help what they believed to be an animal in need, we’d urge the public to stop, think and check before asking us for help.

“We’d hate to send an officer out to rescue a distressed dog that turned out to be a stuffed toy or an abandoned snake that was in fact a plastic toy and miss out on rescuing a real animal in need.”

This winter, the RSPCA will be busy helping animals in need. To support our teams and keep our rescuers on the road responding to emergencies please Join the Rescue and donate at www.rspca.org.uk/rescuexmas.

The RSPCA receives a call for help every 30 seconds and, in 2021, inspectors responded to more than 280,000 incidents. Our staff would ask the public to monitor any sick, injured or trapped animals from a safe distance and to report concerns to our emergency hotline - open 365 days a year - on 0300 1234 999.

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