Animal rescuers were sent out to save a stuffed animal.
Ellie Burt - who is an officer with the RSPCA - said a Devon resident gave them a call after they spotted a fox hiding in a bush.
According to Ellie, the caller was worried because the animal hadn't moved in days.
But when she arrived at the scene she quickly learned all wasn't what it seemed.
She said: ''this wasn't a live fox - but a dead fox who'd been stuffed by a taxidermist.''
''He'd clearly been placed under a bush outside of the houses as a prank. After speaking to some of the neighbours, I soon discovered that someone had been moving it around the neighbourhood.''
The RSPCA said Ellie discarded the fox ''to avoid any further calls.''