Perfectly frozen fox is eerie reminder that nature is cruel

This poor fox is one of the victims of extreme weather conditions that are gripping vast parts of Germany and Europe.

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A hunter in the southern city of Fridingen told the news agency dpa that the fox fell through the thin ice of the Danube river and drowned.

Franz Stehle, who cut the ice block and later put it on display outside his family hotel, said it’s not unusual for animals to break through the frozen surface of the river in winter.

He says he’s seen a frozen deer and wild boar before.

Icy temperatures have paralysed much of the continent, with more than 20 people killed across Europe.

By Gianluca Mezzofiore