Twitter users have been outfoxed by a photo appearing to show a streetwise fox queuing at a cash machine in east London。
Everyone seems blissfully unaware of the brazen animal apart from one woman warily holding her child outside the Hackney Community College in Hoxton。
Following stories of urban foxes in houses and shops, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that one would join the humans in an ATM queue, and Twitter users obligingly took the picture at face value。
But alas, this fox was stuffed. Photographer Martin Usborne hired the prop, reportedly from a taxidermy shop called Get Stuffed, and took it around Hoxton for a series of surrealist shots。
The foxy gentleman is seen perusing the aisles of a corner shop. "I think it’s fairly amusing that people took it seriously," Mr Usborne told the Independent。
"Foxes are such a big part of the everyday fabric, we almost take them for granted. I hired the fox and took him round east London for the day and ended up in a night club. Walking around town with a stuffed fox was an experience."
Mr Usborne is using the animal as the logo for his new publishing company, the Hoxton Mini Press。
His pictures date back to 2006 and it is not clear why the cash point photo emerged last week。