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Fox attacks one-month old baby

An urban fox Credit: PA

A one-month-old baby boy has had his finger torn off by a fox according to reports.The infant, from Bromley, was attacked after the fox entered his bedroom and dragged him from his cot.

The child's mother was alerted by his screaming and rushed into his room to see his hand lodged in the animal' mouths. Surgeons were able to reattach the baby's finger and he was said to be recovering well in hospital today.

Police have launched an investigation. A spokesman said: "We were called at 1638 on Wednesday 6 February by staff at St Thomas's Hospital to reports a baby boy who had been admitted to hospital after being attacked by a fox.

"Police attended to find a four-week-old baby with a hand injury.

Mayor Boris Johnson said more must be done to tackle the growing problem of foxes.

He said: "They may appear cuddly and romantic but foxes are also a pest and a menace, particularly in our cities.

"This must serve as a wake-up call to London's borough leaders, who are responsible for pest control.

"They must come together, study the data, try to understand why this is becoming such a problem and act quickly to sort it out."

An RSPCA spokeswoman said the only reason a fox would attack is due to fear.

She said: "It's extremely unusual for foxes to attack young children or anyone.

"It's not typical fox behaviour at all. Foxes will come closer to a house if there are food sources.

Then they can become quite bold, but they usually do back off and run away when there's people around."

The attack follows others in London, including one in Hackney in October 2011 when police had to use a noose to drag a fox from fiver year old Marcus Rook's bedroom.

And the previous year nine-month old twins Isabella and Lola Koupparis were savaged by a fox while in their cots, also in Hackney. They were treated in the Royal London Hospital where they were given antibiotics and had surgery. The case sparked a national outcry.