An unusual visitor paid the penalty on a visit to a Co Donegal school.
The normally canny fox found himself trapped in a football net when he visited Errigal College in Letterkenny.
The frightened animal was noticed by pupils and staff at the school yesterday morning.
A plan of action was hatched in a bid to return the fox back to the wilds.
Teacher Michael McMenamin and pupil Ciaran Cleary had to exercise caution as the frightened fox was snapping.
The lads eventually managed to free the tangled animal from the netting using a snips.
Teacher Hugo Dorrian said it was a case of teacher and pupils coming together to “out-fox” the creature.
“It did cause a bit of excitement for a while but the lads had to be careful because the fox was snapping.
“When they eventually managed to free him, he took off like a shot through the fields.
‘Thankfully it wasn’t hurt and he can live to play football on the Errigal College football field another day,” laughed Hugo.