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Fox attack baby recovering well

Report by Rob Gillett, Video by Ashley Fudge

A one-month-old baby who was dragged from his cot by a fox is recovering in hospital.

Denny Dolan was seriously injured after the fox entered the house in Bromley, south east London, where he lives with his parents, named in reports as Hayley Banks Cawley, 28, and Paul Dolan.

Lorraine Murphy, the child's aunt, told the Times: "It was so traumatic.

"The family are devastated. I spoke to my brother at the hospital, but he couldn't even talk. Denny's lovely - he was a perfect baby."

She said his mother had gone upstairs when she heard a bang and rushed back down to find the fox dragging the baby towards the door.

Surgeons reportedly had to reattach one the baby's fingers after the incident on Wednesday. He also had cuts to his face which needed stitches.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "The Evelina Children's Hospital, part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, can confirm that the baby has been moved from the High Dependency Unit to a ward and is recovering well."

The incident is not the first time foxes have attacked humans, prompting calls for a cull of the urban pests.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said more must be done to tackle the growing problem of urban foxes.

He said: "They may appear cuddly and romantic but foxes are also a pest and a menace, particularly in our cities.

"This must serve as a wake-up call to London's borough leaders, who are responsible for pest control.

"They must come together, study the data, try to understand why this is becoming such a problem and act quickly to sort it out."

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