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Last Updated: Friday July 15 2005 12:25 GMT

Huge rooster beats off hungry fox

Rooster Coburn, Britain's biggest cockerel.
Britain's biggest cockerel is proudly strutting his stuff after taking on a hungry fox in a fight - and winning!

The fox wanted to catch some hens to eat, but he had no idea he would have to face Rooster Coburn.

Rooster is no featherweight. At 80cm tall and a weight of 11 kg, he is almost twice as high as most hens.

It was the fox's fur not feathers that were flying after the massive cockerel successfully protected the hens in his coop at Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

Rooster Coburn's owner, Tim Stone, says he was woken in the middle of the night by a big commotion coming from the coop.

He says he saw the fox limping off - but says Rooster Coburn "hardly had a scratch on him".

Normally a fox would easily kill most cockerels and hens.

But Tim reckons the cockerel's seen off the fox for good.

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