Fox baby mum describes attack

The mother of a month-old baby who was attacked by a fox has told The Sun how she "grabbed Dennie’s wrist and tore it out of the fox’s mouth." The boy was released from hospital yesterday and is now back with his parents.

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London Fox Control: People shouldn't leave rubbish around

Residents should stop putting food out for foxes or leave rubbish around, the London Fox Control said today after a one-month-old was dragged from his cot by the animal.

Cass Barrett of the organisation said he often heard of the animals coming through people's cat flats after being lured by the scent of pet food.

Foxes coming into people's houses is nothing new in my experience. Foxes are quite accomplished climbers in that a ground floor window I wouldn't imagine should cause too much of a problem for them to get in.

I think they're beautiful creatures but unfortunately sometimes they do become a pest.

In my experience I've never come across any humans that have been actually bitten. But (they've been) intimidated, been worried by foxes, concerned that when they approach them they don't go away.

– Cass Barrett, London Fox Control


Timeline of recent fox attacks on humans

The fox attack on a one-month-old baby is not the first incident in recent years. Here are some details of other attacks on humans:

  • June 2010 - Nine month old twins Isabella and Lola Koupparis were attacked by a fox in their cots at their home in Hackney, east London.
  • June 2010 - Toddler Jake Jermy was taken to hospital after reports he had been attacked by a fox while attending a party at a school in Brighton, East Sussex.
  • September 2003 - Four year old Jessica Brown was bitten on the arm when a fox crept into her bedroom in Tufnell Park, north London.
  • July 2002 - A fox attacked baby Louis Day at home in Dartford, Kent.

Foxes are 'a pest and a menace' says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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

He told BBC News: "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."

RSPCA: Fox attack on baby 'extremely unusual'

The only reason a fox would attack is due to fear, the RSPCA said today after a fox attacked a one-month-old baby. A spokeswoman for the animal welfare organisation 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.

Police investigate fox attack on baby

The Metropolitan Police have been investigating a fox attack, which left a one-month-old baby boy with a serious hand injury. A police 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. The baby was admitted to hospital after the attack at its home address in Bromley.

Inquiries continue.


Fox attacks and bites off baby's finger

Police are investigating a fox attack on a one-month-old baby boy which left his hand seriously injured.

The animal tore the infant's finger off after dragging him from his cot, after it entered his bedroom in Bromley in south east London, according to reports.

Fox bites off baby's finger. Credit: ITV News

The child's mother was alerted by his screaming and rushed into his room to see his hand lodged "halfway down the animal's throat", the Mail on Sunday said.

Surgeons were able to reattach the baby's finger and he was said to be recovering well.

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