News sources are this evening reporting an apparent attack on twin babies at a house in Stoke Newington, London, last night. The fox apparently entered the house through a window or door left open for ventilation in the hot weather.
It's a horrid story, and our thoughts are with the family who must be experiencing quite some distress. The thing that always surprises us is the ignorance of the reaction by some in the media.
We've now had two calls. The first, from the BBC, was very measured. The second, from a news source we won't embarass through identification, asked us if this was a further example of the problems foxes cause since the ban on hunting with dogs.
Yes, that really was his question. I asked him to turn his own question into reverse. When, I asked, could he recall a fox hunt in Stoke Newington? He realised the error of his ways.
Foxes are wild animals and they will kill for food if they have to, although that is extremely rare both for urban and rural foxes, and the Telegraph's reporting
of this case makes that clear.
We wish the girls a speedy recovery.