Foxes and dogs don't usually get along so the warm friendship between a rescued Red Fox and a pet terrier is as surprising as it is heartwarming.
Photographer Richard Bowler wasn't about to let nature take its course when he first found Rosie almost five years ago. The kit was the sole survivor of her litter after her father killed her siblings before the young foxes had opened their eyes for the first time. Male foxes, like some other mammal fathers, sometimes commit infanticide if they sense the offspring are not their own. It's a cruel but effective way to eliminate competitors' genes in favor of their own.
Bowler brought Rosie home but would the resident canine accept the tiny orphan? Give credit to Maddy, Bowler's then-three-year-old Lakeland Patterdale terrier cross, for going the extra mile and choosing coexistence instead of confrontation. Over the proceeding years, Rosie and Maddie have deepened their friendship while providing Bowler with ample photographic opportunities to showcase their playfulness.
“They've been best mates since I took Rosie in as an abandoned cub (infant foxes are actually called 'kits') and play together every day,” explains Bowler. “Rosie now lives in a very large outdoor enclosure on the edge of woodland at the small holding I live in on the edge of the Berwyn's, north Wales, UK. The enclosure is really for her safety, being surrounded by sheep farms and hunters she wouldn't last long if she wandered off.” Stay close to home, Rosie, that's where your best friends are. (via WENN)