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July 28, 2013

Meet Two Unlikely Friends: 'The Fox and the Hound'

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Remember the sweet Disney movie "The Fox and the Hound" from 1981?


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Now a similar unlikely friendship has emerged between a dog named Maddy and a fox named Rosie. Although our readers are savvy enough to recognize that this dog is a terrier and not a hound, terriers are also famous for hunting foxes. In fact, Maddy's parents were used for hunting foxes. Maddy is a Lakeland-Patterdale terrier cross. 

Rosie is the sole survivor of her litter after their fox father went rogue, killing her siblings. Rosie has been hand reared and was adopted by wildlife photographer Richard Bowler, who loves in Wales. 

Maddy the terrier and Rosie the fox play

Bowler says Rosie has been a delightful kit to look after, though the living room often looks like a war zone after one of their play-fighting sessions. The two buddies played with supervision when Rosie was still quite small. 

So far, Rosie has the run of the living room, the patio and the vegetable garden. Bowler hopes to fence in the surrounding acre, giving them more space to roam and play and even allow other photographers to be able to photograph her. 

Maddy and Rosie wrestle

Update:

Now that Rosie and Maddy have been given international attention, Richard Bowler has updated his blog with more recent information. Rosie is now as big as Maddy, and they are still rambunctious buddies. 

Rosie and Maddy

Bowler hopes that these photographs will help to inform the debate as the UK government is considering bringing back fox hunting: "I just hope that maybe the pictures of Rosie will help people understand what wonderful and intelligent animals foxes are."

Rosie

All photos used with permission by Richard Bowler. 

  

yfantasywedding on July 28 at 12:13 AM said:

Penelope M. on July 28 at 6:31 PM said:

We have very smart foxes here in Illinois. We have several in my area. These guys wait till the light turns red for the cars before crossing the street. I'm not kidding! They wait to see what direction you are walking, before they make their decision on what direction to go. Quite beautiful and smart!
valerie on July 28 at 7:50 PM said:

Lets STOP killing animals for sport! Each animal has a right to live and each animal is beautiful. I looked up to Britain for their animal rights. I'm so disappointed in them now.

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