Wounded Fox Shoots Man. Yep. Kind of Like Man Bites Dog.

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It’s the dream of every animal rights campaigner: Fox Shoots Man. 

And that’s just what happened Thursday on a brisk wintry day in the picturesque countryside of northwestern Belarus to a local hunter.  After wounding the fox, the hunter decided to finish off the animal, but when he pulled it from the ground, the fox accidentally touched the trigger and the gun fired leaving a painful, if not memorable, wound to the hunter’s leg.  Ouch!

The wounded Belarusian is still in hospital, but authorities are investigating whether he could have been shot by another person, or perhaps it was a failed attempt at suicide. (See Photos of the Clashes of Elections in Belarus)

And as for the whereabouts of the fox? Well, it turns out he made a clean escape and is nowhere to be found. No doubt he’ll be the poster child for PETA and other fury animals prowling the Polish Belarusian border this winter.  (Via Reuters)