Baby Monkey with Dog
A blinded fox cub left for dead by a speeding car has been helped back to
health by his unusual pals - a group of orphaned kittens.
animal was found with severe head injuries by the side of a dual carriageway
in Sidcup, Kent, after he was hit by a car in April.
It was taken to
Kent Wildlife Rescue, given an intravenous drip and put in an induced coma
for four days to avoid being killed by seizures.
These kittens helped nurse this injured cub back to health (Picture:
While still unconscious, the fox was put into a cage with
three orphaned kittens which were found in a box at the bottom of a log pile
near Leeds Castle, Kent.
Amazingly, the cats immediately began to
groom the animal and snuggled up to him as he slowly came out of the coma.
The cub, which was not even expected to survive the ordeal, then began to
regain his sight and health after just five days.
Now the fox has
made a full recovery and formed an incredible bond with the feline friends.
Lorraine St John, 40, who runs the rescue centre, said: 'The biggest
killer you get at animal shelters is not the injuries or illness but stress.
'It is so important to create comfort for the animals as it really makes
the difference to their survival.
'That is what happened in this case
- we put the three kittens with the fox and they became best friends.
'It was very sweet, the cats needed something to snuggle up to and they
loved his fur.
'One of them used to lick him all the time as he
slowly came out of his coma.
'Once awake the four of them became best
friends and the kittens acted like a guiding light to the fox as he regained
The cub has since been sent to Fox Protect in Tunbridge
Wells to complete his rehabilitation before he can be released back into the
The three kittens are still waiting to be re-homed.
Lorraine, who runs Kent Wildlife Rescue on her own, added: 'It was amazing
to see the four of them together it was like they were all part of the same
'I think they all helped save each other's lives.'