The father of a month-old baby who was attacked by a fox has paid tribute to his "poor boy" as the family is inundated with messages of support.
Paul Dolan posted the comment on Facebook along with a photo of his son, Denny Dolan, which showed his hand heavily bandaged as he recovers in hospital.
Surgeons reportedly had to reattach one of the baby's fingers after he was dragged from his cot at his family's home near Bromley, south east London, on Wednesday. He also had cuts to his face which needed stitches.
A fox that attacked a baby over the weekend has sparked a new debate into 'pest control' of the species. The one-month old baby, who was attacked in his home in Bromley, is said to be recovering well in hospital.
Surgeons reportedly had to re-attach one of Denny Dolan's fingers, after he was dragged from his cot by the animal.
We face a growing problem with our urban foxpopulation. Personally I wouldn't rule anything in or out but ultimately thisis a matter on which the boroughs must take the lead. Pest control falls tothem. Attacks like that on this little boy thankfully are rare but foxes are agrowing menace. Borough leaders need to look carefully at the facts and worktogether to respond. Better informing Londoners about foxes in an effort todrive them from our bins and our back yards would be a good place to start.
Local authorities and animal welfare organisations have beenadvising residents on ways to make their homes and back gardens less attractiveto foxes.
"These can include repellents and making sure that waste food is always disposed of in secure, lidded bins and containers. We must all do this together for it to be effective in discouraging foxes from our neighbourhoods."