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Fox wounds hunter by pulling gun trigger with its paw

January 18, 2011 |  2:36 pm


A fox who had been shot and wounded by a hunter in Belarus wound up shooting the hunter with his own gun in a strange story reported by The Times' outdoor sports blog, Outposts.

The hunter had shot the fox from some distance away and came closer to deal a final, killing blow with the butt of his rifle. (Ugh, not a pretty picture, is it?) But before he could do so, the fox fought back.

"The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw," local media quoted a prosecutor from the Grodno region of Belarus as saying.

The fox escaped after the incident; the hunter received a leg wound and was taken to a hospital.

According to Reuters, fox hunting is a common pastime in Grodno, which is situated on the western edge of Belarus near the country's borders with Poland and Lithuania. Wolves and raccoon dogs are also hunted throughout much of Belarus.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: A fox (not the one who shot the hunter) crosses the icy Oder river near Hohensaaten, Germany, on Jan. 5. Credit: Patrick Pleul / AFP/Getty Images

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