Its a new life for Tod the fox who was discovered dying after a road accident but was nursed back to health by a real life animal man

When most people adopt an animal it is an abandoned cat, dog or even ferret but not Gary Zammit.

He nursed a young fox cub back to health - and even fed it using a baby's bottle - after he discovered the creature dying after being hit by a car.

In fact he gave it so much tender loving care, including washing its fur and trimming its nails, that Tod the fox now lives with Gary in his family home.

These extra-ordinary pictures show one of the usually illusive creatures affectionately interacting with wildlife expert Gary, 42.

Tod sleeps in a dog basket in Gary's kitchen, and acts like a puppy.

It has even befriended an 11-year-old vixen called Lady, who Gary has also cared for since 2006.

Bid hearted Gary, who recently hand reared a baby heron and taught it to fly, said Tod really enjoys walking on a lead around the countryside.

Loving affection: Garry Zammit with Tod the fox who he saved after being hit by a car

Gary, who runs the Gwel an Mor wildlife park in Portreath, Cornwall, said: "When I thought he was ready to go outside I gently put a harness on him.

"He always pulls on the lead but it's much like walking a badly trained dog which wants to go off for a run.

"One of the most important things was that my other pet fox Vixen would have some company for her twilight years.

The pair have a special relationship after Gary found Tod dying after a road accident

"But Tod is a typical annoying teenager who jumps all over her wanting to play."

Tod is the latest in a string of injured animals that Gary has nursed back to health, including minks, owls, and slow worms.

In June, Gary hit the headlines after hand-rearing a baby heron and then teaching it to fly - by running alongside it flapping his arms.

Responses to "Devoted Fox continues to live with the man who rescued him (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bravo! Well done and Thank you!

  2. SASS says:

    really amazing! Bravo - yes. An inspiring story!

  3. Anonymous says:

    you are truly an amazing man, with a gift and respect for all creatures, i wish there were more people in the world like you, i have the deepest respect for you and your animals after reading this, you really are amazing

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh to have far more people like you Gary, warmth and humanity in abundance. Thank you for the love you give to the animals x

  5. Anonymous says:

    How amazing and wonderful for those hurt or abandon creatures big and small to have a person like you on earth to help them live as they are meant to. This world is blessed to have such a human as you amongst us. Thank you for all that you do for all the creatures of the planet.

  6. Lucien says:

    World needs for EVERYONE to have your ideals oxox

  7. Elaine says:

    stunning story - would love meet them all in real life. The photos are just amazing

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gary, it's wonderful what you're doing. I hope you're discovering others through this gift you have who have the patience and love to assist more animals in need. God Bless.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yes Gary thank you so much for all that you do for the animals in this world. Now only if people felt the same think for the pre born babies. The most dangerous place to be now is in a womans uterus!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful story and great pictures. You are a hero to me. I wish more people would embrace your respect for all life. Thank you!!!

  11. Amy says:

    What a beautiful story!! We need more people like this in this world ~ it would be such a better place to live! ;o) Don't ever change Sir! Great job!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Like they say, kind men are sexy!

  13. Anonymous says:


  14. Ness says:

    God bless you. I'm an animal lover and have the highest respect you. Thank you ,)

  15. meriel says:

    Well done.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Reading this story from Portreath Cornwall. I have family that lived near that village and I been to that village. My mom have a pet fox when she was growing up near Zennor Cornwall way before World War II. Now she is 95 years old and lived in the States. WWII BRIDES. GO BACK TO CORNWALL TO SEE FAMILY. LOVE THIS STORY AND I LOVE FOXES.

  17. Anonymous says:

    you have my respect as well!!!

  18. Unknown says:

    Great story and awesome pictures! Thanks!

  19. Unknown says:

    Humans in certain places make special friends with certain of the local animals. That's how they become totems for families. We love our possoms.
    Love your work.

  20. Dawn Suitch says:

    God Bless you for your healing and love of God's creatures.

  21. I immediately thought of the 'witch' who lives in the glen in my all-time fav movie The 9 Lives of Thomasina. She nursed the badger back to health same way. IMHO one of the best movies ever made.

  22. Anonymous says:

    May you be abundantly blessed by the great mystery that holds us all!

  23. Barbara says:

    wish more people were like you Gary, and YES, kind men are very sexy LOL

  24. Anonymous says:

    In France, where I live, people like Gary are fined and ordered to return the rescued animal to the wild, unless they hold a State licence for looking after captive wildlife. Perhaps Gary holds such a licence; I remember the case of an Oregon family that was heavily fined for rescuing a black bear who had elected to stay with it.

  25. Thank you! Are you single!? Crystal

  26. Sheena says:

    God Bless you! You are a hero among men and help restore my faith in mankind.The world needs so many more men and women like you

  27. Anonymous says:

    Finally! A REAL MAN! More should learn from you, best idol any child could have. A true super hero!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Hat off

  29. Angelique says:

    What a beautiful story. I admire your devotion.
    I wish you health and happiness.

  30. Unknown says:

    You are a wonderful man!Long may you continue to help the animals in need.


  31. Opie says:

    Mega respect, bro!

  32. love is, and for that we are forever grateful :)

  33. Pat Gunther says:

    Gary, you are truly a modern day Saint Francis of Assisi, who is remembered for his gentle but curt relationship with all creatures great and small! God has surely blessed you with the same wonderful attributes. You have my utmost respect and admiration.

  34. Unknown says:

    Your story touched my heart. God Bless you and all you do. The world needs a million or more like you. The Lord will reward you. Keep up your selfless work. You have a heart of gold, and are truley the animal whisper. You are a inspiration

  35. God Bless you Gary, You are a Savior to these animaks

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for being a positive light in this so many time dark world. It gives me hope to see people like you love animals and help them in need. Many blessings for the future.

  37. Unknown says:

    Awesome to see that a little compassion can go a long way in proving that humans can actually have a positive impact on this planet.

  38. Unknown says:

    Awesome to see that a little compassion can go a long way in proving that humans can actually have a positive impact on this planet.

  39. Kayleen says:

    This WOULD be an amazing story except that foxes already make great pets all around the world. They are very easy to domesticate and have a personality like a cat and dog mixed together. Very affectionate. So this is really nothing extraordinary. Really wonderful for the guy to put his time and energy into saving the animal himself tho.

  40. wolfgar says:

    As an animal lover, I wish blessings upon you. We need more like you.

  41. Morgana says:

    They love you in return, they never betray you, they are just angels.

  42. Anonymous says:

    We raised two orphan foxes years ago and kept them for life as they were not candidates for return to the wild. I hope they live a long time together.

  43. Unknown says:

    Love it. there should be more people like this out there.

  44. What a good and kind man... So glad he is there to help those that need his help. Foxes are so incredible and it's such a shame they have been so persecuted for so long.

  45. Teotwawki says:

    Is it possible that I am the only person who thinks this guy is an idiot? The fox walks like a poorly trained dog? That's because he is a wild animal. I thought the story was going to be about the fox staying with him because the fox wished to, not because some jerk keeps him from running back to the wild. Lame.

  46. Teotwawki says:

    Is it possible that I am the only person who thinks this guy is an idiot? The fox walks like a poorly trained dog? That's because he is a wild animal. I thought the story was going to be about the fox staying with him because the fox wished to, not because some jerk keeps him from running back to the wild. Lame.

  47. John says:

    As an Animal Rights type of person, This Man did what I would have done. Now Days you have to SAVE Animals not Kill them.

  48. Chi Miigwech. Big Thanks.

  49. Phoenix says:

    Bless him!

  50. Unknown says:

    Blessed Man !

  51. Unknown says:

    not quite a Fox terrier but just as good... and good on you too..

  52. Unknown says:

    You are a wonderful warm person and I admire you absolutely. Wish there were more people like you in this world. Your blood should be cloned.

  53. Mep says:

    You are truly an amazing, wonderful and compassionate man that so many others in this world needs to learn from. You have a gift that I dream of having. You are Blessed indeed. Thank you for your love and compassion. Keep the world updated please. I am sure I am not the only one that would like to know. Thank you Sir, you are truly an amazing human being. I agree with Elizabeth Eklof. Your blood should be cloned.

  54. gail says:

    Need MANY more Garys in the world! GREAT job :)

  55. gail says:

    Need MANY more Garys in the world! GREAT job :)

  56. Anonymous says:

    You will be rewarded in the end. A job well done. :)

  57. Anonymous says:

    The one photo is like the fox is saying, "Mess with my human and you die!" lol

  58. Anonymous says:

    What an amazing story and an amazing man.

  59. Anonymous says:

    You really are a very special person most people today would of walked past and left this poor baby to die thinking it's only vermin you didn't thank you.

  60. Flyinlion says:

    It's so refreshing to read a story like this, after hearing so many horrible ones!!

  61. Unknown says:

    Marry me ahhhh....... My kind of man

  62. Unknown says:

    Marry me ahhhh....... My kind of man

  63. Anonymous says:

    thanks for a fox

  64. Anonymous says:

    Your a amazing man and so wish there was more people in this world like you. So upkifting readind this story. I would love to devote my time to helping out anamals. Blessed be to you

  65. Anonymous says:

    Gary, you are an amazing man!Thank you for caring so much for the animals.I wish there were more people like you in this world! Thank you so very much for sharing.This really touched my heart. ~Gail~

  66. Anonymous says:

    Here's a wonderful hero!

  67. Anonymous says:

    What an awesome story...and an awesome guy!

  68. Thank you Gary! You are truly a spirit of light and kindness. Mother Earth needs more people like you!!

  69. Anonymous says:

    We need more people to care for animals. Thank you Gary..

  70. Anonymous says:

    Well done Gary, i wish there were a few more people like you around.

  71. Gary is a really inspirational and amazing man ! He knows the Power pf ''We Are ONE'' ! May Love and light be always with him !

  72. Anonymous says:

    The only thing bad about doing what he has done is when the animal dies it will break your heart. I just last week lost a gray squirell that i had raised from a baby to 3.1/2 years old. She died and it broke my heart. But i would do it again

  73. Unknown says:

    Awesome human being doing Creators' work, thank you human-being ♥

  74. Anonymous says:

    Your a good man Gary. Few men have the heart to do what you did with those animals. I think I am in love. God Bless You

  75. Anonymous says:

    "The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy peace, goodness and faith, and the greatest of these is LOVE." God said it, and Gary, you live it! God bless you!

  76. Anonymous says:

    W. T. F.

  77. You are a truly wonderful person, and every animal you save that shows their love shows you just how great of a person you really are, thank you Gary!! :)

  78. Right on Garry ;-) That's the Spirit!!!

  79. Anonymous says:

    I love your spirt..that we have to share our planet ..thanks for the beautiful soul...candas another one like you... life lover sharer of one world...

  80. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful story! I love this man for his love he shares with the animals.

  81. eddie dorn says:

    the whole world need more people like you gary

  82. Anonymous says:

    wonderful, if we all cared for our world and it's inhabitants like you the world would be a much better place!

  83. Wonderful Human Angel...

  84. Anonymous says:

    GOD bless You Gary !!!!!!!!!

  85. Lindsey needham End BSL says:

    Will you marry me !!! a real man that cares you are totally awesome brilliant wunnerful

  86. Unknown says:

    Now that's the kind of husband I would cherish ... god bless him ..

  87. Unknown says:

    Now that's the kind of husband I would cherish ... god bless him ..

  88. Un hombre evolucionado. Gracias por haberlo hecho. Te ganas mi admiración.

  89. Un hombre evolucionado. Gracias por haberlo hecho. Te ganas mi admiración.

  90. Un hombre evolucionado. Gracias por haberlo hecho. Te ganas mi admiración.

  91. Unknown says:

    That's so wonderful, thank you for sharing another beautiful news story. Blessing to all, an animal lover.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Bless you for rescuing and saving these gorgeous animals! Love foxes and all animals! Thank you for what you do, you are my hero! <3

  93. Sharon Thomas says:

    This is great we need more people like this, it always so nice to hear things like this goodwill of love and peace. It is better then all the daily news and bad things. thank you for sharing this great story and those great pictures, made me smile: :)

  94. Anonymous says:

    Real men are kind to animals. I have the utmost respect for you. We need more humans lke you in this inceasingly human-centric world.

  95. Unknown says:

    What an inspiration you are! Such a kind and compassionate person, making all the difference in the world in the lives of the innocents you have cared for. Thank you! May blessings rain down on you and yours, and may each day bring Happy Trails and Soft Winds.

  96. Unknown says:

    Thank you Gary. Words can not express the joy and happiness I felt when I saw your photo's with Tod and the other animals you have assisted. God Bless you and your family. I thank you defending and caring for those who are unable to defend and speak for themselves.

    Tara Azaroff

  97. Onenow says:

    Thank you for saying "YES" to being the Love you are.

  98. Anonymous says:

    What you do is amazing. Your a kind and gentle. And animals are lucky to have a friend in you.

  99. jacquie says:

    I agree with every positive comment made about you and more thing....are you single? :)

  100. Anonymous says:

    Tod and the other animals were so blessed to have crossed paths with this monumental spirit! Again it is proven that REAL MEN are kind to animals......

  101. Unknown says:

    You asshole! You made me cry!

  102. Unknown says:

    what a heartwarming story. animals have so much "love", for a better word, for people who are kind to them. it takes a special person to raise a wild animal. they need to know how these beautiful creatures need to be handled.

  103. Arnaud says:

    W. T. F. Indeed...

  104. Phyl says:

    Thank you Gary on behalf of Tod and the other wildlife you have helped. You are a very kind hearted person. I can only imagne the joy and sence of fulfilment you must have with your achievments.
    This sad world needs more people like you!! I too love foxes.

  105. Anonymous says:

    Wow Where can I find a Gary?!! My type of guy!

  106. Joyce Kuhn says:

    Gary you walk with God, Bless you.. Joyce Kuhn

  107. Unknown says:

    You are such an amazing man. The world needs more people like you. You have such a gift and your animals must love u so damn much!

  108. Unknown says:

    Wish I was in your shoes. If only everyone one in the world was like this to foxes but sadly they are not.

  109. liamwhitlock says:

    Great job! I applaud and admire your work in rebuilding the relationships between man and the animals.

  110. Anonymous says:

    Love this guy! Wish we had more like him.

  111. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much beautiful pictures , I share your humanity

  112. Anonymous says:

    Many huges and kisses from Stockholm/Sweden. We love you!!!!

  113. Laloofah says:

    How I wish more people behaved like Gary, compassionate and gentle with all our fellow Earthlings. This is a lovely story, thank you for sharing it. (I would respectfully suggest that you refer to Tod as "he" rather than "it" - he's a sentient being, not a thing).

  114. pilvikki says:

    good man! love the pictures.

    and Teotwawki, yeah, you're pretty much it....

  115. Anonymous says:

    much respect

  116. Anonymous says:

    <3 <3 <3 <3

  117. Anonymous says:

    Amazing, heartwarming, encouraging story. He is doing what we humans are meant to do - husband all Mother Nature's creatures. Thanks for sharing this!

  118. Lell says:

    Um don't think the fox has a choice where it lives, but what a nice chap!

  119. So beautiful, if I was well enough to travel I would ask if I could come and draw and paint them. I love foxes and have done paintings in the past but never a live one, only from photos and mostly not even my own ones...
    I have met wolves and done art from my own sketches and photos but not a fox...

  120. Anonymous says:

    Marvellous! Lovely to see such a living friendship between man and fox. Thank you for your kindness. Xx

  121. Unknown says:

    To me this is a real hero!

  122. Anonymous says:

    I wish there were more stories like this to report, versus all the negativity and nonsense we see daily -- Kudos Gary! I LOVE TOD and I don't even know him!! HANDSOME FOX

  123. Fantastic man, you need to be placed on the honours list. Long may you continue to help the poor animals...

    ...and Teotwawki? Go back to your cave!

  124. Unknown says:

    the BOND

  125. Anonymous says:

    We got a sudden temperature rise, we may need a meeting

  126. Gary you are amazing, a real man, well done and may you continue xxx

  127. MKnight says:

    Well done good man, keep it up!

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