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Firefighters rescue little dog from a foxes den on Corstorphine Hill

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Firefighters rescued a little dog trapped down a foxes den by listening to her whimpers last week on Corstorphine Hill.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised to help the distressed Jack Russell, Ethel, after the alarm was raised just before midday on Sunday.

Crews from Tollcross, Dalkeith and Newcraighall fire stations attended the incident and used specialist equipment to detect the sound of the Jack Russell after it had been stuck for several hours within a fox hole in an old underground railway carriage.

A happy ending for Ethel the Jack Russell and her owner, May Watson.

The relieved one-year-old dog – named Ethel – was rescued and given cuddles from her delighted owner May and she has since fully recovered.

Group Manager Andy McDermott said: “The crew initially tried to find the dog by using spades to excavate round the fox hole without success – but they were determined not to give up on the little animal.

“Using listening devices and remote cameras, which are used in urban search and rescue situations where we try to locate people in collapsed buildings, they were able to pinpoint the approximate location of Ethel who was stuck.

“It wasn’t looking good for Ethel for a while due to the darkness coming in but she managed another whimper that allowed us to find her.

“The crew continued to dig down and eventually were able to retrieve the dog who appeared ecstatic to be free.”

Her owner May Watson, who is a Watch Manager at the Edinburgh Control Room was watching over with worry as the crews got to work.

She said: “It was the first time we had taken her to that part of the hill and Ethel immediately got a scent of something and shot off.

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