By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis
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The adorable three-week-old fox was found next to its dead mother who had been killed in a road traffic accident.
He was inspected by a vet and brought to the home of Werner and Angelika Schmaing, from Oberscheld, Germany, where they care for a dog, a cat and two piglets.
It was there the tiny fox named Dinozzo found its new mother – a Collie called Ziva.
Under its watchful care the fox has gone from strength to strength – and has now begun to believe it is one of the dogs.
Dinozzo has also formed an unlikely friendship with the couple’s Bengal cat Leopald.
Werner, 51, works as a housekeeper in a local school and has raised a number of orphans in his home including two piglets.
He said: “Ziva and Leopold fell in love with the little fox immediately.
“The fox has gotten used to getting in and out of the house through the cats door.
“We’ve decided to let him live like any other fox outside the house.”
And Ziva has taken her new role as mother in her stride.
Werner said: “The interaction of animals is very much like siblings in a family.
“They are mostly peaceful, often playful and sometimes tired - sleeping together in one place.
“Our collie acts as a foster mum for the little ones.”