A cute wild fox who was restored to health by a kind-hearted man last year has regained the favor by crawling into bed with him while he recovers from eye surgery.
Woody, a one-year-old red fox, is nestled in the photo with 70-year-old Geoff Grewcock, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, who underwent treatment for a detached retina on March 25.
A sweet clip shows the couple’s incredible bond as Woody jumps into bed, allowing Geoff to stroke his fur while sniffing a scone.
Woody lives at home with Geoff, but Geoff also works at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Warwickshire.
The sanctuary itself is located behind Geoff’s bungalow, where the little fox can play with his furry companions who also live in the sanctuary – including dogs, foxes and deer.
Woody, a one-year-old red fox, can be seen snuggling with Geoff Grewcock, 70, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, who underwent treatment for a detached retina on March 25.
Animal worker Geoff revealed that his canine companion was a real “moral booster” for him during his recovery.
He saved the little fox’s life a year ago after discovering that the week-old cub had collapsed on the side of a road, requiring 150 ticks to be removed from its fur, along with medicines and fluids.
It seems Woody has never forgotten Geoff’s loyalty as he hasn’t left his side since his surgery six weeks ago.
Geoff said, “We knew we couldn’t release him, it was a choice to put him to sleep – which we wouldn’t – or keep him, and now he’s such an important family pet.
A heartwarming clip shows the incredible bond between the couple as Woody jumps into bed, allowing Geoff to stroke his fur while sniffing a scone.
Animal worker Geoff revealed that his canine companion was a real “moral booster” for him during his recovery
“I had retinal surgery a few weeks ago and Woody didn’t leave my side in bed.
Woody has snuggled up in bed before, but normally likes to be alone in bed, but I think he knew I wasn’t feeling well and jumped up to be with me.
“It helped me so much, it was a real moral boost when he came to me and gave me an incentive to get back to it so I could be outside with the animals.”
Geoff added: “It is even more special that Woody has been by my side because he has chosen to spend time with me over his friends.
He saved the little fox’s life a year ago after discovering that the week-old cub had collapsed on the side of a road that required 150 ticks to be removed from its fur, along with medication and fluids
It seems Woody Geoff’s loyalty has never been forgotten as he hasn’t left his side since his surgery six weeks ago
“He normally only comes by for a goodnight pet before running off to sleep in the kitchen or heading out.”
Life for the fox is not without its challenges, Woody even recently had to undergo surgery himself – a metal plate was inserted into his leg after trying to climb on a chair, fell awkwardly, and broke his leg.
Geoff also has two dogs – Greyhound, Ola, three, and Lakeland Terrier, Toby, 18 – and Woody never misses their treats, getting boiled chicken for dinner and a pastry cream before bed.
He said, ‘He’s better than the dogs, such a good boy and no problem at all. He knows his name and will look up to you when you call.
The wild fox who was nursed back to health by the kind-hearted Geoff last year and who has now regained the favor by crawling into bed with him while recovering from eye surgery
Geoff (pictured) who also has two dogs – Greyhound, Ola, three and Lakeland Terrier, Toby, 18 – works at the Wildlife Sanctuary, in Warwickshire, which is located behind his bungalow
At night I let him go for a walk, but if you yell ‘Woody, come in’ he’ll come right back to you. ‘
The adorable bond between the couple is all the more incredible when you consider how close Woody came to not surviving.
Geoff said, ‘He was in a really bad way when I found him, he had collapsed on the side of a road, was dehydrated, listless, a very sick boy. If we hadn’t treated him when he first came in, he would have died within 24 hours.
‘Because he knows we helped him and saved his life, I think he will pay us back. I’ve had foxes, maybe hundreds, in the sanctuary. But Woody always stands out. ‘