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Dave Goody wrote:The daft thing is, I can only remember 2 cases of foxes attacking humans in my life [including this one]. We do hear almost daily occurrences of Bull Terrier crosses attacking children/adults with even death resulting.
I find the story of the baby attack strange? A 4 week old baby in a room with the house door wide open in freezing temperatures. Baby taken from cot, were the sides not up? All very strange. Forget the fox, some loony with a knife could have entered the house?
Jumper wrote:Some of us see the fox as a cuddly soft toy. Brian May comes to mind on that sickly TV show where he played with a cub on his knee and made coo-chi-coo noises to it. I would think he had more people laughing at him, a rather sad change for him, than had applauded him for his musicality.
They arenâ€™t pets or toys, will never be domesticated, and will always attack if they feel threatened or are hungry; and they are always hungry. Itâ€™s not â€œtheir faultâ€, itâ€™s their nature. Brian May would never allow an adult fox to be in the bedroom of any child of his! They are essentially wild animals.
The cause of their urban proliferation lies in the disgusting behaviour of humans in leaving and throwing away so much food in public places and providing twilight banquets where the young can learn all about urban survival. In the countryside there is sufficient other wild life for them to survive on without overpopulation or encroaching on humans (except where there are chickens of course!). If an area is devoid of wild life, then the fox goes elsewhere where the living is easy. The only way to improve is to control rubbish disposal and there are other countries where rubbish is collected daily!
I think the shouting of the city dwellers is, far from being part of the politically motivated hue and cry (no pun intended), entirely justified and is directed at the collective failure of successive administrations, with all kinds of coloured bushy tails, to accept that the public have a right to expect adequate social services.
Dave Goody wrote: from 16 onwards [now 64] I was a shooting man and have shot dozens of foxes.
Jumper wrote:Er.... steady on Dave. That's two out of three for me there.