A fox cub that was released into a garden after being treated by a vet has become best friends with the family dog, with the pair regularly playing together.
The vet from Sutton Coldfield looked after the 12-week-old fox cub when it was taken into her veterinary surgery in Great Barr after it was hit by a car in April
The fox had a broken leg, and after she was operated on, she brought her to her parents' home for six weeks of recuperation.
Once it was given the all clear, she released it into her the garden, as they thought it would be a safe place to do so, as they often saw foxes there.
But after a day, the cub returned, and has stayed ever since.
We opened the crate on an evening when it was quiet, making sure she had a full stomach, and off she went. We kept leaving food out just in case she needed it, but it was there the next day untouched. In all she was gone for three days, during which time we felt very nervous for her. Suddenly one morning we opened the blinds in our kitchen and there she was sitting on our decking.
Colin Troman, the vet's father, says they have now named the fox Vex, and often watch it happily playing with their dog, Olive.
We have been putting scraps in a dish for her, and now she gets her own food, which is basically dog biscuits. She is very timid, but trusts us enough to allow us to stroke her. But at the slightest noise she’s off! Getting up close with her has been a real privilege, she really is a very foxy lady.