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Lese majeste?

Bird life at Kensington Palace has been disappearing in what could have the makings of an international incident.

The Finnish ambassador, Pertti Salolainen, who is also a considerable photographer of wildlife, has produced a calendar for 2002 illustrated with his own pictures. At the end he devotes two pages of images and words to 'Our Finnish foxes in London'. Foxes are a rarity in Finland so he was delighted when, in summer 2000, a pair bred in the garden of his residence in Kensington Palace Gardens. This, he claims, makes them Finnish, before going on to reminisce how 'all summer the cubs romped and the mother carried home ducks and other birds from the nearby Royal Round Pond at Kensington Palace'. Fortunately perhaps for diplomatic relations, the foxes did not return in 2001.

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