A fox cub, rescued when his mother died after being struck by a car, has been nursed back to health with the help of a caring collie dog.
After being found lying in the road next to his mother’s lifeless body, the tiny cub was taken to a vet for a check-up.
The three-week-old canine, now named Dinozzo, was examined by the vet and was then adopted by Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The three-week-old fox, called Dinozzo, was taken in by Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany, after his mother was hit and killed by a car and has formed a friendship with the couple’s collie, Ziva (together above).
2. Under the dog’s watchful eye, the tiny fox has gone from strength to strength and has now started to believe it is one of the dogs, according to owners Werner and Angelika Schmaing who live in Germany.
The Schmaings, who also have a dog, a cat and two piglet pets at their home, promptly introduced the fox cub to their collie named Ziva.
Under the older canine’s maternal care, the cub quickly went from strength to strength and is now believing he is one of the dogs.
Dinozzo has also struck a rather unlikely friendship with the couple’s Bengal cat, called Leopald.
Mr. Schmaing, a housekeeper at a local school, has raised many orphaned animals at his home, including the two piglets the family still has.
3. The fox is allowed to live both inside and outside of the house and even uses the cat flap to get in and out.
4. Mr. Schmaing, 51, said: “Ziva (pictured with the fox above) and Leopold fell in love with the fox immediately”.
Mr. Schmaing said his dog and cat “fell in love with the little fox immediately”. He added:
The fox has gotten used to getting in and out of the house through the cats door.
We’ve decided to let him live like any other fox outside the house.
5. The two animals play together and also sleep close to each other, after forming a strong friendship.
6. Dinozzo pictured at just a few weeks old in the back garden of the Schmaings’ home in Oberscheld, Germany.
Mr. Schmaing said his collie quickly took on a role as the fox cub’s mother and added:
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 mom for the little ones.
7. Dinozzo has also formed an unlikely friendship with the couple’s Bengal cat Leopald (pictured together below).
8. Fox and hound are best of friends (related).
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