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Travelling Mr Fox – the cuddly toy that toured the globe in aid of a dying man

These are the amazing holiday snaps of a cuddly toy fox which has been travelling the globe with its owner for the last 30 years.

Mr Fox was given to Jessica Johnson when she was just three years old and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

The globetrotting toy has visited some of the world’s top tourist attractions including the Vatican, Buckingham Palace, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

He has accompanied Jessica, now 35, to New York, Hawaii, Las Vegas and even had a brush with gun-toting border officials in Colombia.

Mr Fox has his own website dedicated to his travels and Jessica now hopes to turn their exploits into a book to raise money for the man who originally gave her the teddy.

 

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Mr Fox heads to the Colosseum

On the River Thames

On the River Thames

Family friend Gary Moore was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and she hopes to raise enough cash to send him on a ‘bucket list’ round-the-world trip.

She said: “I’ve carried Mr Fox with me since I was a baby, and he’s the only physical memento I have from my childhood.

“The pictures started out as a lark. But I wanted to show Mr Fox having his own adventures.

“Mr Fox seemed a really appropriate way to try and get some attention because Gary was the one who bought him for me.”

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Outside the Sagrada FamÌlia in Barcelona

At Wimbledon

At Wimbledon

During three decades of travel Mr Fox has enjoyed strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, been on the London Eye and toured the canals of Venice.

He has visited the Eiffel Tower, been to the graves of dead Popes, and has even been inside one of the Nuremberg court trial rooms.

And everywhere she goes US-based Jessica takes a picture for the album – often prompting confused stares from passers-by.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Central Park, NY

Central Park, NY

She said: “I would tote him around and take pictures and avoid the half-smiles and stares.

“In Florida he was even taken to one side for chemical testing. They must have thought I was smuggling drugs inside him.

“I would send the pictures to Gary and he would get such a kick out of it – seeing a stuffed animal he bought all those years ago travelling around the world.

“His diagnosis was heart-breaking. He’s been in and out of chemo for a year now and I just want to give him the same joy he’s given me.”

To see more of the Travelling Mr Fox project, visit the website: http://www.thetravelingmrfox.com/

Outside the historic Edinburgh Castle

Outside the historic Edinburgh Castle

Border control: Mr Fox meets the guards at a Colombian checkpoint.

Border control: Mr Fox meets the guards at a Colombian checkpoint.

Mr Fox outside the Duomo di Milano in Milan

Mr Fox outside the Duomo di Milano in Milan

At Lake Como, Italy

At Lake Como, Italy

Jessica and her good friend, Gary

Jessica and her good friend, Gary

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Jessica growing up with Mr Fox

Jessica growing up with Mr Fox

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