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Play fighting

Ossi said: ‘I think they are very beautiful animals and their behaviour and life is interesting, however they are also very challenging subject.’ (SWNS)

Fantastic foxes: Patient photographer gets stunning close-ups in the wild

These enchanting images capture a rare glimpse into the lives of wild foxes who trusted a wildlife photographer to enter their forest lair.

The bushy-tailed creatures look almost like characters from a fairy tale as they’re pictured playing, hunting and feeding their young.

Ossi Saarinen, 21, spent months growing close to the foxes before being rewarded with the set of pictures which truly capture their natural beauty.

He said: ‘Getting close to foxes is difficult. I prefer is to let them see me and learn I’m not a threat to gain their trust.

‘I try to shoot in a beautiful morning or evening light that makes the photos looks different than if they were taken in normal daylight.

‘I believe I became some kind of “friend” with them as they started to let me closer and closer all the time.’