Fox launches "extremely rare" attack on babies

Mon Jun 7, 2010 7:38am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A fox has attacked two baby girls while they were sleeping at their house in east London, in what one animal expert called a "freakish" event.

The twin baby sisters were in serious but stable condition in hospital on Monday, police said.

Foxes have become common in urban areas in Britain but animal experts said it was extremely rare for them to attack humans.

The attack on 9-month-old Isabella and Lola Koupparis happened in Hackney on Saturday night while their parents were watching television, newspapers reported.

The fox is believed to have entered the house through patio doors which had been left open because of hot weather.

Their mother, Pauline, told BBC radio she had gone up to the girls' room after hearing a "funny cry ... it was quite muffled but very pained."

"I went into the room and I've seen some blood on Isabella's cot. I thought she had a nose bleed. I put on the light, I've seen the fox and it wasn't even scared of me.

"It just looked me directly in the eye. I started screaming when I realized Lola is also covered in blood."

The fox stood its ground even when her husband Nick rushed up to the room, she said.   Continued...