Babies 'mauled by fox' in cot: London police

7th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Twin baby girls had to be hospitalised after apparently being mauled by a fox in east London, police said Monday.

The nine-month-old girls, Lola and Isabella Koupparis, were attacked Saturday as they were sleeping in their cots.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman told AFP that both babies suffered arm wounds and one of them also has facial injuries. They are in a "serious but stable condition" and are being treated at a London hospital.

The fox is thought to have entered through a ground-floor door that had been left open due to the warm weather.

The twins' mother Pauline Koupparis told the BBC she came face to face with the fox.

"I went into the room and I saw some blood in Isabella's cot, I thought she had a nosebleed. I put on the light, I seen the fox, and it wasn't even scared of me. It just looked me directly in the eye.

"I started screaming when I realised Lola was also covered in blood."

Urban foxes are common throughout Britain but attacks on humans are extremely rare.

John Bryant, a pest control consultant who specialises in foxes, described the incident as "freakish".

"I see no reason why (it would attack) unless it jumped into the cot and then found itself with squirming children underneath it and couldn't get out," he told BBC radio.

"It just doesn't make any sense to me."

© 2010 AFP

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