An extraordinary picture has been taken displaying a drowned fox closed in a block of ice following it fell into a frozen river, as bitterly freezing temperatures mop throughout Europe.

Fox frozen in block of ice following sinking in river as temperatures drop across Europe

The nimal broke through thin ice on the River Danube near Fridingen on 9 January and was found four days afterwards.

A participant of the public applied a saw to slice a cube.

Excessive winter climate has gripped southern Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state, where photographer Johannes Stehle caught the image, for overa week.

Snow storms and alarmingly low temperatures have paralysed much of the region, with more than 60 people killed over Europe by the chilly weather.

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