By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

A TRAGICALLY orphaned fox has found a new family on his journey back to the wild

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Precious little fox DiNozzo was found by Werner in a forest as he lay next to the body of his mother

This precious little fox, DiNozzo, was found by Werner Schmäing in Schelder Forest, Germany, lying next to the body of his mother - who had been killed in a road accident.

Werner brought the 10-day-old fox back to Schelder Forest Wild Animal Rescue with his wife Angelika to care for him.

Werner and his wife explained that he was very shy but always curious to explore

Werner said: “When we found him he was malnourished and very weak.

“He got severe diarrhoea from dairy conversion to dog puppy milk, he had worms and coccidia.

While at the rescue centre the little fox became close to the couple’s pet collie and cat

“It took almost a week until we knew he was going to be okay again.”

While at the rescue centre the little fox found comfort with the couple’s collie Ziva and Bengal cat Leopold.

Werner said: “He was never shy about playing with Ziva and Leopold”

Schmäing said: “He immediately sought contact with Ziva and she adopted him and took good care of him. They often slept together in Ziva’s bed.

“Leopold was repeatedly added as Ziva is his best friend. He became like a baby to Ziva.

When the couple found the kit he was malnourished and very weak

“DiNozzo was shy at the beginning, but he was always curious and exploring the house.

“He was never shy about playing with Ziva and Leopold.”

At four months old the adorable cub started venturing out of the house

At four months old, the little fox grew bolder and started venturing out of the house for his own adventures.

Eventually DiNozzo’s wild instincts took over and he returned to live in the forest he was born in.

Werner brought the young fox back to his rescue centre to care for him

Werner said: “When he was four months old he went through the cat flap to the outdoors.

“It was initially only minutes, then it was hours and then he moved into a cave near our house and stayed there for another two months.

Eventually the cub's wild instincts took over and he returned to the forest

“We always picked him up, went for a walk with Ziva and Leopold and at some point he just left.

“He was looking for his territory in the vicinity and sometimes we still see him about.”