January 13, 2011 / 7:49 PM / 7 years ago

Fox shoots man

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.

<p>A wild fox cub lies outside its burrow near the village of Khatenchitsy, some 37 miles north of Minsk, June 26, 2007. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko</p>

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

“The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,” one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus which borders Poland.

Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Matthew Jones

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