Foxes are known for their cunning, but this one must have misplaced his when hunger got the better of him.
The cub, who has been named Fizzle, got his head firmly stuck in a glass jar as he licked its contents clean.
He had to be rescued by the RSPCA after a homeowner found him in distress in a garden in Ilford, Essex.
Stuck: Fizzle the fox club was found with his head firmly wedged in a jar in a garden in Ilford, Essex
Animal Collection Officer Susan Briggs, who removed the jar from Fizzle's head, said: 'We checked him for injuries and sprayed some cold water onto his head to cool him down.
'We applied some flea spray to kill off any fly eggs and syringed some water into his mouth, as he was a little dehydrated.
'When we were happy that he was well enough we released him back to his family. The rate of speed that he shot off under the fence and under next doors shed proved us right.
'We left instructions with the callers to keep an eye out and leave water and food at the back of the garden, and to call us back immediately if they had any concerns.'
Rescued: An RSPCA officer lifts Fizzle out of the box before removing the jar. After giving him some water and applying flea spray, he was well enough to be released back to his family
RSPCA spokeswoman Klare Kennett said: 'Fizzle was in quite a lot of distress when he was found - it's quite stressful for a fox to be in situation like that.
'The rescuers wet his neck to loosen it up and pulled the jar off. The whole thing took about 20 minutes and I don't think he'd been stuck for that long before.
'We're not sure what was in the jar in the first place, but he had licked it all.
'We reckon he was about eight or 10 weeks old and was in the vicinity of his parents because he dashed away so quickly.'
ACO Briggs added: 'This just shows what happens when people leave rubbish - animals can become trapped and many are not lucky enough to be found and die in agony.'
Pictured: The cub who got his head stuck when he was outfoxed by a jar | Mail Online