Predator and prey crossed the divide over a lunch of nuts and seeds in Dulwich.
Local resident Robin Crookshank Hilton snapped the fox and magpie hanging out in Camberwell Old Cemetery in July.
The former Conservative councillor had started feeding ‘Freddy’ the fox and ‘Maggie’ the magpie during lockdown allowing a wild friendship to blossom.
“The magpie always comes when the fox is there. I was a bit nervous at first thinking the fox was going to eat the bird but they seem to like socialising,” she said.
“They kind of look stand there looking at each other. Then the fox looks at me as if to say: ‘It’s okay. Maggie can eat with me. She’s my friend’.”
In a study on interspecies friendships called The Evolutionary Origins of Friendship, researchers Robert Seyfarth and the late Dorothy Cheney found: “Friendships often involve cooperative interactions that are separated in time.
“They depend, at least in part, on the memory and emotions associated with past interactions.”