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Lurcher befriends Cornish fox cub in Portreath

Copper and Jack

Fox cub becomes lurcher's friend

A fox cub who was found in Cornwall after he was heard crying for two days has been rescued by a wildlife centre and befriended by a lurcher.

Copper was taken to Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre in Portreath suffering from exhaustion.

But while being treated at the wildlife centre he became friends with the manager's one-year-old lurcher, Jack.

Jack's owner Gary Zammit said: "They just play fight - there's never any malice in it."

Mr Zammit, who specialises in rescuing foxes, said: "The big problem with dogs is, you never know how your dog's going to react to a fox.

"There's a bit of an instinctive thing in dogs to just kill a fox as soon as they meet, but other dogs are just fine.

"We can't walk Copper anywhere near public footpaths, we have to take him up on our private fields where there's no risk of bumping into a dog off the lead."

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