Terrified mother finds fox in baby's bedroom in Tooting

Your Local Guardian: The fox was found at the Tooting flat The fox was found at the Tooting flat

A mother got the fright of her life when she found a fox hiding inside her baby's bedroom.

Wanda Farrell,30, came back to her Tooting flat last week to find the intruder had trashed the place, causing £1,000 of damage.

The wooden blinds had been ruined, phone cables chewed through and excrement was deposited on the carpet.

Her eight-month-old daughter Lena's toys were destroyed as well as her breast pump.

Mrs Farrell called the RSPCA who checked the flat over and confirmed the fox was no longer there.

As a further precacution, a neighbour and Mrs Farrell's husband also checked over the family home, and were convinced it was gone.

But when Mrs Farrell began to clean the carpets in her daughter's bedroom she was shocked to find the fox inside a wardrobe.

She swiftly called the RSPCA who said if she even had put her hand in the wardrobe she was sure to have been attacked.

The mum believes the fox managed to get in the flat when her front door was open while she was putting her daughter in the car.

She said: "My daughter was playing on the floor and a fox was hiding in her bedroom wardrobe.

"A neighbour, my husband and the RSPCA checked the fox was gone, my husband checked the flat and was confident it was not there.

"It is frightening to think what could have happened. I would like to raise awareness for people with small babies, you never think something like this is going to happen."

Mrs Farrell is now calling on people living in the area to be aware of foxes, and to be careful if they have got small children who could be attacked as there is a primary school nearby.

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11:17am Thu 17 May 12

emelem says...

oh, here we go....
oh, here we go.... emelem

9:11pm Thu 17 May 12

kazza76 says...

more fox agro
more fox agro kazza76

2:22am Fri 18 May 12

snazzycracker says...

"Mrs Farrell is now calling on people living in the area to be aware of foxes, and to be careful if they have got small children who could be attacked as there is a primary school nearby."

So what justifiable reason does this lady have for jumping to such a ridiculous conclusion about the risk of attacks? Does she have any evidence of unprovoked fox attacks on small children? infact on anyone? The fox got trapped in her property and like a family pet went stir crazy and destroyed the room,it then hid in a safe place because it was frightened i.e. the cupboard.
"Mrs Farrell is now calling on people living in the area to be aware of foxes, and to be careful if they have got small children who could be attacked as there is a primary school nearby." So what justifiable reason does this lady have for jumping to such a ridiculous conclusion about the risk of attacks? Does she have any evidence of unprovoked fox attacks on small children? infact on anyone? The fox got trapped in her property and like a family pet went stir crazy and destroyed the room,it then hid in a safe place because it was frightened i.e. the cupboard. snazzycracker

7:07am Fri 18 May 12

emelem says...

i seriously think my cat would be more dangerous than any fox i've encountered!

i love the line, "She swiftly called the RSPCA who said if she even had put her hand in the wardrobe she was sure to have been attacked." um, well, don't stick your hand in there then! common sense goes a long way :)

i *do* wonder how accurate this article is... was the woman really as panicked as it makes out to be or is the writer embellishing?

it's scaremongering like this that encourages the idiots of the world to inflict violence on what is basically an innocent creature. what are they to do? they're pushed out of the countryside and now they're on the verge of being pushed out of the cities. extermination to please the ever fickle human? i hope not!!
i seriously think my cat would be more dangerous than any fox i've encountered! i love the line, "She swiftly called the RSPCA who said if she even had put her hand in the wardrobe she was sure to have been attacked." um, well, don't stick your hand in there then! common sense goes a long way :) i *do* wonder how accurate this article is... was the woman really as panicked as it makes out to be or is the writer embellishing? it's scaremongering like this that encourages the idiots of the world to inflict violence on what is basically an innocent creature. what are they to do? they're pushed out of the countryside and now they're on the verge of being pushed out of the cities. extermination to please the ever fickle human? i hope not!! emelem

1:40am Sat 19 May 12

roboo1 says...

More nonsense/scaremongor
ing from people who really haven't a clue about fox behaviour. The poor fella wandered in, and then couldn't find his way out, so seeked refuge in the wardrobe. He must have been absolutely terrified. I had the same happen when a squirrel got into my dressing-table drawer, through an open window, and nibbled on a few things, yet I was delighted at my brush with nature, and certainly didn't go running to the newspapers. And tell me, what is all this rubbish about foxes and "small children" ? When has there ever been one single shred of scientific evidence to PROVE a fox is a danger to them, when all these attacks you hear about are carried out by family/friends/ neighbours pets. Of course, the poor fox will get the blame, so as to save these individuals' own skin from the authorities. Do people realize that the London couple whose ALLEGED claim that their twins were attacked by a "fox"(wasn't it two, that were magically transformed into one ?!) had NO scientific evidence whatsoever; the parents denied access to the scene by wildlife forensics and also refused to let a bite anaylst see the kids' injuries, when the professionals were merely trying to help the couple, after the backlash against them. Yet the media kept this info from the public. The truth is, the fox is one of the least aggressive animals that walk the planet. Get a grip, and don't believe all the poppycock you hear in the media.
More nonsense/scaremongor ing from people who really haven't a clue about fox behaviour. The poor fella wandered in, and then couldn't find his way out, so seeked refuge in the wardrobe. He must have been absolutely terrified. I had the same happen when a squirrel got into my dressing-table drawer, through an open window, and nibbled on a few things, yet I was delighted at my brush with nature, and certainly didn't go running to the newspapers. And tell me, what is all this rubbish about foxes and "small children" ? When has there ever been one single shred of scientific evidence to PROVE a fox is a danger to them, when all these attacks you hear about are carried out by family/friends/ neighbours pets. Of course, the poor fox will get the blame, so as to save these individuals' own skin from the authorities. Do people realize that the London couple whose ALLEGED claim that their twins were attacked by a "fox"(wasn't it two, that were magically transformed into one ?!) had NO scientific evidence whatsoever; the parents denied access to the scene by wildlife forensics and also refused to let a bite anaylst see the kids' injuries, when the professionals were merely trying to help the couple, after the backlash against them. Yet the media kept this info from the public. The truth is, the fox is one of the least aggressive animals that walk the planet. Get a grip, and don't believe all the poppycock you hear in the media. roboo1

9:39am Sat 19 May 12

Eclectic Badger says...

The fox, the witch hunt and the wardrobe.
The fox, the witch hunt and the wardrobe. Eclectic Badger

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