Aggressive animals: Grown Man ‘Mugged by Fox’
(March 8) A common red fox followed a 15 stone/210 lb/95kg grown man with a shopping bag into an alley and started circling him like prey. The aggressive animal leapt at him and tried to snatch his shopping bag. According to Seb Baker from Kent, UK, the fox persisted and carried out a sustained attack on the food he had just bought from Tesco. Finally, he resorted to offering the animal his loaf of garlic bread and the fox scampered off. “I had expected it to run away. I thought a fox would be scared of a 15-stone man,” Baker said.
Wildlife expert John Bryant said foxes were getting bolder but were not generally interested in humans, and confirmed attacks like this are rare. He advised: “If a fox is jumping at your shopping bag you need to shout at it and chase it off, not just give it the food. “The best thing to use is a water pistol.” In October 2011, five-year-old Marius Rook was mauled by a fox in his own bedroom in Hackney, London. Police used a noose to remove the animal from his home, after it it tried to bite his head. In 2010, mother Pauline Koupparis told how a fox found its way into the upstairs bedroom of her nine-month-old twins, in her east London home. The twins were left with severe injuries following the vicious attack. (Source)