Fox that melted hearts of mil­lions has died

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - Lucy Lynch News Reporter lucy­lynch@coven­try­tele­

A FOX who was mis­taken for a dog and went on to be­came an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion has died.

Dawn the fox died at her home at the Nuneaton and War­wick­shire Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary on Satur­day, Jan­uary 23.

Vets had told the sanc­tu­ary’s own­ers Dawn had de­vel­oped a heart prob­lem. She was on med­i­ca­tion but not in any pain.

Dawn shot to fame in Fe­bru­ary 2013 af­ter a video of her cud­dling sanc­tu­ary owner Ge­off Grew­cock was posted on the in­ter­net.

The two minute clip has since been watched more than five mil­lion times and warmed hearts around the world.

Dawn ar­rived at the sanc­tu­ary with her sis­ter Dusk nearly a decade ago.

They were found by a man walk­ing across War­wick­shire farm­land in 2007.

Think­ing the aban­doned fox cubs were dogs he took them to the Dogs Trust at Honi­ley near Ke­nil­worth, a char­ity car­ing for un­wanted dogs.

It didn’t take long for Dog’s Trust staff to re­alise they were quite dif­fer­ent to the nor­mal four legged crea­tures they help.

It’s sus­pected that the cubs had prob­a­bly been left by their mum be­cause their den had been dis­turbed.

If the passer by had left them where he found them the mum would have come back to take them to the new den.

The two cubs were even­tu­ally taken to the Nuneaton and War­wick­shire Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary in Oas­ton Road, Nuneaton.

Un­like the foxes they usu­ally care for the foxes coats and eyes kept chang­ing colour and they didn’t de­velop a dis­tinc­tive ginger coat at the same time as the other cubs at the sanc­tu­ary.

Mr Grew­cock said: “We think they may have been a cross with a dif­fer­ent breed of fox from our na­tive one.

“Some­body near where they were found used to breed foxes for fur and had dif­fer­ent breeds.

“Some­body let some of them out into the wild.

“That means by law we couldn’t re­lease them so we just reared them up by hand.” It’s also un­likely that Dusk and Dawn would have been able to look af­ter them­selves be­cause they were so tame af­ter be­ing hand reared.

Dawn’s sis­ter Dusk still lives hap­pily at the sanc­tu­ary. She also en­joys time with her hu­man car­ers.

Dawn the fox and ( left) Ge­off Grew­cock

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