Orphaned fox cub bounces back to health thanks to caring dog

The three-week-old fox and the collie struck up an unusual friendship

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An orphaned fox rescued from a road-side accident has bounced back to health – thanks to a caring collie.

The adorable three-week-old fox was found next to its dead mother who had been killed in a road traffic accident.

He was inspected by a vet and brought to the home of Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany, where they care for a dog, a cat and two piglets.

OBERSCHELD, GERMANY - JUNE 2014: Orphaned fox Dinozzo pictured at just a few weeks old with the Collie called Ziva, in June 2014, in Oberscheld, Germany. AN ORPHANED fox rescued from a road-side accident has bounced back to health � thanks to a caring collie. The adorable three-week-old fox was found next to its dead mother who had been killed in a road traffic accident. He was inspected by a vet and brought to the home of Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany, where they care for a dog, a cat and two piglets. It was there the tiny fox named Dinozzo found its new mother � a Collie called Ziva. Under its watchful care the fox has gone from strength to strength � and has now begun to believe it is one of the dogs.PHOTOGRAPH BY Animal Press / Barcroft MediaUK Office, London.T +44 845 370 2233W www.barcroftmedia.comUSA Office, New York City.T +1 212 796 2458W www.barcroftusa.comIndian Office, Delhi.T +91 11 4053 2429W www.barcroftindia.com

It was there the tiny fox named Dinozzo found its new mother – a Collie called Ziva.

Under its watchful care the fox has gone from strength to strength – and has now begun to believe it is one of the dogs.

Dinozzo has also formed an unlikely friendship with the couple's Bengal cat Leopald.

OBERSCHELD, GERMANY - JUNE 2014: Orphaned fox Dinozzo plays with the collie Ziva, in June 2014, in Oberscheld, Germany. AN ORPHANED fox rescued from a road-side accident has bounced back to health � thanks to a caring collie. The adorable three-week-old fox was found next to its dead mother who had been killed in a road traffic accident. He was inspected by a vet and brought to the home of Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany, where they care for a dog, a cat and two piglets. It was there the tiny fox named Dinozzo found its new mother � a Collie called Ziva. Under its watchful care the fox has gone from strength to strength � and has now begun to believe it is one of the dogs.PHOTOGRAPH BY Animal Press / Barcroft MediaUK Office, London.T +44 845 370 2233W www.barcroftmedia.comUSA Office, New York City.T +1 212 796 2458W www.barcroftusa.comIndian Office, Delhi.T +91 11 4053 2429W www.barcroftindia.com

Werner, 51, works as a housekeeper in a local school and has raised a number of orphans in his home including two piglets.

He said: "Ziva and Leopold fell in love with the little fox immediately.

"The fox has gotten used to getting in and out of the house through the cats door.

OBERSCHELD, GERMANY - JUNE 2014: Orphaned fox Dinozzo pictured at just a few weeks old with the Collie called Ziva, in June 2014, in Oberscheld, Germany. AN ORPHANED fox rescued from a road-side accident has bounced back to health � thanks to a caring collie. The adorable three-week-old fox was found next to its dead mother who had been killed in a road traffic accident. He was inspected by a vet and brought to the home of Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany, where they care for a dog, a cat and two piglets. It was there the tiny fox named Dinozzo found its new mother � a Collie called Ziva. Under its watchful care the fox has gone from strength to strength � and has now begun to believe it is one of the dogs.PHOTOGRAPH BY Animal Press / Barcroft MediaUK Office, London.T +44 845 370 2233W www.barcroftmedia.comUSA Office, New York City.T +1 212 796 2458W www.barcroftusa.comIndian Office, Delhi.T +91 11 4053 2429W www.barcroftindia.com

"We've decided to let him live like any other fox outside the house."

And Ziva has taken her new role as mother in her stride.

Werner said: "The interaction of animals is very much like siblings in a family.

"They are mostly peaceful, often playful and sometimes tired - sleeping together in one place.

"Our collie acts as a foster mum for the little ones."

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