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Cops finger fox in 'copy-cat' rabbit robberies

Oliver Gee · 20 Jan 2012, 15:46

Published: 20 Jan 2012 15:46 GMT+01:00

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On Friday night, a resident of Säffle heard a commotion from the garage where his pet rabbit lived behind a caged fence.

After rushing to the room and opening the door, a startled fox allegedly dashed past him, according to the local Värmlands Folkblad newspaper.

The rabbit lay in its cage, bitten to death.

Police now suspect that the cunning fox may be responsible for the string of missing rabbits that has left many pet owners in shock and investigators baffled.

One anonymous resident even offered ‘a few thousand kronor’ to an animal welfare group in Säffle to be used as a reward for information leading to the capture of the suspected pet pilferer.

Despite the discovery of the recent fox-induced bunny fatality, some local residents disagree with the local police's theory that the fox is to blame.

Diana Strömsmoen, whose pet bunny Molly was the first victim in the recent slew of robberies, refused to attribute her pet's disappearance to a fox.

“There was a tiny hole in the corner of the cage, maybe big enough to squeeze two or three fingers through, but there’s no way it was big enough for a fox… it couldn’t be,” she told The Local.

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Strömsmoen added that the door on Molly's empty cage was definitely shut, and could not possibly have been the work of a four-legged predator.

“This whole thing is a real mystery," she said.

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:06 January 20, 2012 by byke
"Cops finger fox"

17:21 January 20, 2012 by Kinighty
I couldn't stop laughing after reading the heading... "Cops finger fox"
17:46 January 20, 2012 by Steggles
Foxes are very cunning and highly intelligent and more & more domesticated today.........you would be amazed at what they can do.

They make great pets too :-)
18:09 January 20, 2012 by Svensksmith
Lucky cops!
18:32 January 20, 2012 by tadchem
Foxes can easily outsmart rabbits, and the people who keep rabbits.
19:00 January 20, 2012 by zeulf
could it be that Smirre got one?
19:07 January 20, 2012 by kerry1
Will the fox be brought in for questioning?
21:13 January 20, 2012 by TheWatchman

I laughed at this :P


I laughed at that comment too.

How can a fox reach into a small cage with its fingers and get the rabbit out? I don't see how a fox can eat a rabbit within a cage. Maybe if it was outside. I didn't read more articles about the thief, but from this one, it doesn't seem like a fox.
05:27 January 21, 2012 by glenquagmaire
Cops fingers fox..... Pinched 11 rabbit... what is the news again....
10:41 January 21, 2012 by littlemu
To the Local: The only Säffle I know of in Sweden is in Värmland close to Vänern. Definitely not northern Sweden.
11:44 January 21, 2012 by Marley420
cops were out foxed again...
12:29 January 23, 2012 by karex
@Steggles, OK foxes are clever, but opening a cage, removing the rabbit, and then closing the door again? ...
03:17 January 31, 2012 by volvoman9
Wait a minute..... isn't that illegal. Probably an immigrant fox. Yah maybe from Suomi or worse yet Latvia.
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