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Many dog owners will attest that their faithful hound never leaves their side, and it's no different for Lisa Foxcroft.
Actually, it is a bit different - namely 'cause her dog is actually a dead fox.
Lisa, from Liverpool, UK, was gifted the fox at Christmas 2015, after it was run over and stuffed.
She subsequently named the taxidermy fox Baby Jesus, describing him as a 'magical gift' - and one that she takes everywhere.
"He was a Christmas miracle, a magical gift from a friend, the gift that keeps on giving," she told Metro in 2018.
"I took naturally to being his mum because he is just a little baby, and I look after him and care for him as if he is my own."
Explaining why she landed on the moniker Baby Jesus, she added: "There was no negativity or ridicule involved in the choice. I am Catholic and would not disrespect any religious beliefs, it's simply because he was a Christmas baby and I wanted to celebrate that.
"I do take him absolutely everywhere and I do get some strange looks - people often ask me what he is and why I have him, but once I explain his history and what he's about, people are really positive.
"They often ask to hold him and take selfies - everyone has been really nice. The ticket inspectors on the train all know him and ask after him. They walk past while I am putting his pram or buggy together and just roll their eyes."
Hey, this is a free country; last time I checked there were no laws prohibiting citizens from pushing dead foxes around in prams - so how about you spare the eye-rolling, yeah?
In truth though, it's his name which seems to bother people most.
"I've had more backlash for his name than I have had for the fact I am carrying a taxidermy baby fox around with me," Lisa revealed.
"It's hard not to like him as he's so super cute and very handsome, and I do take time to explain to people that all my animals are ethically sourced.
"Baby Jesus was roadkill and unfortunately died accidentally, but he's been preserved instead of decomposing on the side of the road."
She added: "I see taxidermy as art, preserving a beautiful animal, and I would never promote cruelty to animals in any way.
"At first people often just see a dead animal but it is more than that, it's an art form which has developed since the ancient Egyptians. People are a lot more conscious now about sourcing taxidermy animals ethically.
"Plus, I always take time to dress him nicely - he has an outfit for every occasion and its difficult to dislike that, he always looks so lovely."
She's not wrong there. You can check out the various looks of Baby Jesus on his Instagram page.
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