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Fox bites finger off a........

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Merlin

Merlin Report 10 Feb 2013 13:57

Re the door, apparently they were waiting for the Council /Housing Authority to repair the door. Meybe a little DIY would have stopped it entering the house instead of waiting.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 10 Feb 2013 14:47

I lived way out in the country for the first twenty years of my life and spent hours over the fields and in the woods - never saw a single fox

I now live in the suburbs not far from the M4 and have seen a number of foxes - during the awful snow the year before last I looked out of my bedroom window in the early hours and saw a lone fox walking up the middle of the road - he looked so cold and hungry - I felt so sorry for him

my friend who now lives in the cottage I was brought up in regularly feeds the foxes who have set up home in a nearby copse - the dog fox takes the food from his hand

Linda

Linda Report 10 Feb 2013 20:01

When I lived near heathrow I always had them in my garden both at night and in the early morning, since I moved up here I have not seen one around here but my daughter lives on a small holding and I have seen one up there during the day.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 10 Feb 2013 20:03

there are always stacks of rabbits in the vicinity of airports so I expect they get lots of grub!!!

~Lynda~

~Lynda~ Report 10 Feb 2013 20:15

We have foxes in the garden and at night they come right up to the back door, a couple of weeks ago I was amazed that one of them walked out of the side gate up the path, and across the road to the house opposite, the time was 2.30p.m. I've had a duck and a rabbit ripped apart by a fox, he never ate them, just left them strewn across the garden. Where I live there are too many foxes, and I'm very careful about children in the garden after dark. I know some fox hunters and I'm not totally against fox hunting.

As for why was the door of the babies house open in the winter, I often leave my back door open for a while to let some fresh air in, I doubt very much that the house with the baby in, expected a fox to walk in and attack there baby.

JoyBoroAngel

JoyBoroAngel Report 10 Feb 2013 20:24

we have a fox visits nearly every night for years
i put scraps out for him /her
but i wouldnt leave my doors open after dark
i think our fox is beautiful


even if it did kill the school chickens :-( :-(
i was sorry to hear what one did to that small baby :-D

Mauatthecoast

Mauatthecoast Report 10 Feb 2013 21:06

You don't have to live in the countryside to see foxes.

They are seen quite often on the coast here walking down side roads & lanes too. Sad to say that recently a fox was found dead on one of the beaches,not a pretty sight poor thing.

Lots of places for them to pick up easy dinners!

Mau

Susan10146857

Susan10146857 Report 10 Feb 2013 21:09

They do say it is a rare occurrence for a fox to attack a human, so lets not be too hasty.

~Lynda~

~Lynda~ Report 10 Feb 2013 21:14

Don't forget that last year twins were attacked by a fox, that was in London.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 10 Feb 2013 22:05

Poor child and his family.

Apparently the back door of the house was broken and awaiting repair by the housing association:
http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/10218785.Downham_mother_left_shaken_up_after_fox_bites_her_baby_s_finger_off/?ref=mr



ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 10 Feb 2013 22:36

Urban foxes are attracted by the black bin bags still used by come councils, food chucked away in vicinity of takeaways. We are a dirty nation re litter.

However cull the urban fox and what happens the huge rat infestation that is everywhere - apparently we are never more than a few feet away from a rat.

Better still to clear up the streets etc of litter/food etc and perhaps the fox will return to its natural habitat.

Trouble with a fox it is a killer by nature - does not kill one chicken for food and go but will kill every chicken in sight.

~`*`Jude`*`~

~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 11 Feb 2013 10:51

The baby is out of intensive care, thank goodness:)

Lots of interesting comments on here:)

l do like the Fox as l do all nature,and if l had one in my garden l would most likely feed it:)...

The streets do need clearing/cleaning thats for sure, more fines on the spot for anyone seen dropping litter especially food!!

jude :-)

BarneyKent

BarneyKent Report 11 Feb 2013 12:00

Impossible to cull on a large scale in the urban areas. As Chris Packham said on TV this morning, if you put down poison, then cats and dogs will die, you can't go round the streets with guns, it would inevitably result in tragic accidents. The only way to get rid of foxes (and rats too) is for the human beings in cities to stop throwing waste away irresponsibly.

ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 11 Feb 2013 14:53

Different reports re this baby - first it is dragged out of cot in bedroom then today it is in livingroom. Why could the parents not put a bolt on the door or barricade it shut - especially in this weather. Cannot blame everyone else for this tragedy.

Joeva

Joeva Report 11 Feb 2013 18:37



I live in inner city London and the damage that foxes do is all too apparent for me.

They have burrowed so deep under my garden shed to make a lair that I wonder it is still standing. I have sprayed deterrents and also had an electronic sensor that set off a high pitched sound in attempt to keep them out , all useless.

When I spoke to the RSPCA the only advice I got from a well meaning lady was to feed them ! Yeah right !
No doubt in the next few weeks I will get another load of lodgers at Chez Shed, as I believe it is the breeding season.

Although they are not considered vermin they are still wild animals and should be treated as such.

ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 11 Feb 2013 23:39

Lion/tiger poo? I am serious. Anywhere near a zoo or there was a time garden centres actually sold it.

Joeva

Joeva Report 12 Feb 2013 08:57

I have heard about the lion / tiger poo theory Chris.

Also human male urine is supposed to deter the foxes - I even tried household ammonia to create this effect ! :-D

~`*`Jude`*`~

~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 12 Feb 2013 08:59

Morning:)

Chris....is that used as a deterrent to the Fox??...l can imagine that too, any animal would stay clear of that.

jude :)

KenSE

KenSE Report 12 Feb 2013 09:11

You can get the lion poo via a well known mail order firm.