9:58pm UK, Saturday 09 February 2013
Police are investigating a fox attack on a one-month-old baby boy which left his hand seriously injured.
The animal bit the infant's finger off after dragging him from his cot after entering his bedroom in Bromley, southeast London, on Wednesday afternoon.
The child's mother was alerted by his screaming and rushed into his room to see his hand in the animal's mouth.
After a short struggle, the mother managed to free her child, but his finger had been ripped off.
Plastic surgeons were able to reattach the baby's finger and he was said to be recovering well.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were called at 1638 on February 6 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."
London Mayor Boris Johnson said his thoughts are with the boy and his family.
"Thankfully this sort of attack, though terrible, is rare, but we must do more to tackle the growing problem of urban foxes," he said.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said the only reason a fox would attack is due to fear.
She added: "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."
In 2010, twin baby sisters were attacked by a fox while sleeping in their cots in east London.
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Fox attacks are extremely rare, dog attacks are very common, they hardly get into the papers unless it's fatal.
I do like dogs! It's always the owner who's at fault imo.
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