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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.
Residents in Bromley have been talking about the fox problem in their area after an animal attacked a one-month-old baby boy at his home.
He was taken to hospital where his finger had to be re-attached.
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.
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."
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:
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:
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.
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.