Zoé the fox had lived a solitary life at Tierart wildlife sanctuary for some four years. But one day in 2016 a fox who looked almost exactly like her came to stay. This new guest was called Frodo. And while staff at Tierart had intended to keep Zoé and Frodo apart for a short time, it seems that their love knew no boundaries.
Tierart is a sanctuary in Germany that helps to rehabilitate and care for a variety of animals. In fact, the organization’s name actually translates from German as “animal and species protection.” In addition to its big cat center, the sanctuary also looks after native species, such as badgers, raccoons and, of course, foxes.
According to Tierart, Zoé came to the sanctuary in 2012 after being rescued from a fur farm. These kinds of farms are designed to rear animals in order to collect their fur and sell them for profit. And while controversial, the practice is still perfectly legal in many countries.