By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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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 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.
“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.
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.
“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 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 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.
“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.”