German fox gives up shoe fetish

2011-07-26 15:28

Foehren, Germany – A fox that has a penchant for stealing shoes has apparently kicked his habit, locals said in the German town of Foehren, near Luxembourg.

Over the course of two years, the fox nabbed 300 shoes, sandals, boots or any other footwear left outside people’s homes or in their gardens.

But after a few more shoe disappearances earlier this year, residents have realised that it is safe again for them to leave their shoes outside.

“It has grown quiet around the fox,” said Rudolf Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, a nobleman in whose forest the fox had his lair, which at one point was surrounded by shoes.

Von Kesselstatt thought the fox had simply moved on. So far, however, there have been no reports of missing shoes from surrounding towns.

“It was a curious tale. But at some point it had to come to an end,” said the town’s mayor, Juergen Reinehr.

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