I am cutting back a hedge plant today and found this in the middle of it. It's sort of rubbery, not attached to the plant but just nestling in there.
It has sort of a top part, and a corkscrew-like "tail".
Is this some kind of fungus? (It has that sort of stretchy, slimy texture that fungi sometimes have, but I'm certainly no expert!) Is it safe to touch and how to get rid of it?!
Edited to add: I took it out as per the comment, here's a picture of it with my hand for scale.