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Fox attack! Really?

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Alan H
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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#61 Post by Alan H » June 21st, 2010, 11:22 am

Latest post of the previous page:

Child 'bitten by fox' at school in Brighton
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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#62 Post by Marian » June 21st, 2010, 12:53 pm

"The playgroup was closed on Monday while staff considered how to ensure the safety of its children"

Um, I wonder if they've considered watching the children they are paid to take care of. I guess that kid and those caregivers just ran out of good luck... :wink:
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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#63 Post by getreal » June 22nd, 2010, 11:50 pm

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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#64 Post by Marian » June 23rd, 2010, 1:52 am

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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#65 Post by jaywhat » July 1st, 2010, 6:46 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/10468276.stm

Worth a read considering some of what we have been saying here.

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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#66 Post by getreal » July 1st, 2010, 11:36 pm

Unfortunatly, I only saw the tail end of the BBC programme. I'm hoping it'll be available on iplayer later. Even though I think there has been a bit of a hysterical reaction to this incident, I don't for one second condone any threats made to the family from so called animal activists. What has happened to these two babies is indeed awful and I hope they make a good recovery.

But, it remains a very unusual incident. Any wild animal with teeth can attack (my daughter has even been bitten by a vole and a field mouse. Both had been brought in by the cat but were alive and kicking and objecting to being handled) but we have to keep a sense of proportion over this. It makes sense not to encourage foxes - apart from any (very unlikely) danger they would pose by attacking- they smell terrible (and the smell lingers where they have been) and they are often infected by sarcoptic mange, which can also affect domestic dogs and though in dogs it is fairly easily treated, it's not very nice.
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#67 Post by jaywhat » July 2nd, 2010, 6:33 am

The BBC prog was well worth seeing. Various people said it was certainly a very unusual incident but the point is - it was true.
Some good advice came out of it and some relevant facts. The huge number of urban foxes surprised me and although one old lady has been feeding 'her' foxes for many years - we are strongly advised not to.

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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#68 Post by Alan H » July 2nd, 2010, 7:52 pm

Did I hear correctly that one of the police officers at the house caught the fox on his phone camera? If so, if this had been published at the time, it might have done a lot to quash the rumours.
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Re: Fox attack! Really?

#69 Post by Alan C. » July 2nd, 2010, 8:11 pm

Yes Alan a policeman did get a (not very good) photo of a fox outside the patio window, there is a half hour documentary here on iplayer for anybody interested. (Probably restricted to UK.)
After watching the documentary, I am left now wondering about the severity of the injuries, I've no doubt a fox can give a nasty nip but listen to the surgeon who says "it's the worst/most severe attack he has ever witnessed," and he has seen thousands of dog attack injuries (his words).
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