Real Life Fox And The Hound Are Both Saved From Tragic Fates

For some people, red foxes sound like the most adorable pets imaginable. For others, these animals are a pest. Because European red foxes threaten native wildlife in Australia, government officials have encouraged citizens to shoot them on sight.

Fortunately, not all foxes share this fate. One baby fox was spared by a farmer and sent to an Australian rescue. There, he befriended another abandoned animal, and the two become the real-life version of The Fox and the Hound. Read the story that warms the heart of animal lovers across the world.

European Red Foxes Struggle In Australia

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) resting in hollow tree trunk in woodpile in forest.
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Most people think that foxes are cute. In recent years, pet owners have adopted domesticated foxes and shared them on social media. However, Australian residents have a different relationship with these furry creatures.

In the 1850s, Europeans introduced red foxes to Australia for recreational hunting. Since they can survive in nearly every habitat, European red foxes have become the most widespread carnivore in the world. But this isn’t good news for Australian wildlife.