Hunt on to find Foxy the Fox’s lost owner

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Steven Cloth­ier is on a mis­sion to find the owner of a lost fox.

It’s not a par­tic­u­larly cun­ning plan as the Ti­rau man sim­ply wants to re­unite a lit­tle fox soft toy he found in the mid­dle of State High­way 1 with its owner.

The man who cre­ated Ti­rau’s cor­ru­gated iron sheep and dog tourist at­trac­tions, spot­ted the lonely fox in the mid­dle of the road when he was driv­ing to Pu­taruru last week.

‘‘I was driv­ing to Pu­taruru from [his Cor­ru­gated Cre­ations work­shop] one morn­ing and I saw him ly­ing in the mid­dle of the road and on my way home he was still there so I thought I’d bet­ter stop and res­cue him,’’ he laughed.

‘‘Ev­ery kid has a soft toy, I had a teddy when I was a kid. It’s got to be some­one’s loved one that’s ei­ther fallen out the win­dow as they were driv­ing or fallen off while some­one has been mov­ing fur­ni­ture or some­thing.’’

‘‘If it’s a lit­tle kids, I think they’d be pretty happy to get him back again and that’s why I stopped.’’

Cloth­ier, who is also an au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer, said de­spite putting the fox he’s nick­named Foxy on Face­book and the post be­ing shared over 1000 times, find­ing his owner was prov­ing dif­fi­cult.

‘‘Foxes ap­pear to be the new ted­dies as there are lots of broth­ers and sis­ters with foxes out there and there have been peo­ple on Face­book of­fer­ing to take him in to put with their foxes but we’ve had no luck find­ing his ac­tual owner yet,’’ he laughed.

He said he’s still hold­ing onto hope Foxy’s owner will even­tu­ally be found.

‘‘It says he’s made in New Zealand and he looks like a loved fox so if we can find out who owns him I will throw him on a courier and send him home again just so he can be back where he be­longs. ’’

Cloth­ier said if Foxy’s owner can’t be found he was happy to keep him.

‘‘There is a col­lec­tion of soft toys up­stairs from kids and things that my wife has so he can go in with them.’’

‘‘Who knows it could have been a dad driv­ing along and it fell out the win­dow and the dad said thank good­ness for that. You never know but it would be nice to get him home,’’ he laughed.

If you know or are Foxy’s owner call Cloth­ier on 07 883 1898.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Ti­rau’s Steven Cloth­ier with the soft toy fox he’s hop­ing to re­unite with its owner.

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