It takes somebody with extra cunning to outwit a wily fox.

But German wildlife photographer Horst Jegen, 41, managed to get a close-up shot of the creature after witnessing him persistently trying to steal his kitten's dinner.

Spotting a perfect picture opportunity, Mr Jegen rigged up an elaborate trap - involving a hidden button, an egg and his trusty camera.

The pesky fox, which has been nicknamed Leo by Horst and his family, tentatively crept inside the log and grasped the egg in its jaws.