Animal rescues expense London Fire Brigade( LFB) 202,446 in the past year, it has been revealed.
London fire crews were called to rescue 542 animals – including puppies, foxes and snakes – between July 2015 and June 2016, figures from the service show.
About half of the rescued animals were cats, but the brigade also expended 978 rescuing two hamsters and 1,304 saving four squirrels.
LFB said people should call the RSPCA first for animal rescues.
According to the brigade, it costs 326 per hour to fund a fire engine and crews were called to an animal rescue every 16 hours on average in the past 12 months.
Cost of animal rescues
107 birds cost 40,750
18 foxes cost 7,172
4 squirrels cost 1,304