The humble fox has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week. One such creature made its way to the bedroom of nine month old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis before mauling the children and leaving them with ‘life changing’ injuries.
The incident happened in Hackney, and Boris was therefore quick to warn folk of the dangers of these ‘pests’ and to remind councils about their responsibilities.
“People like to think foxes are a wonderful addition to the flora and fauna of London but they are undoubtedly a pest. They are a menace in their scavenging for rubbish and as you saw in the last couple of days they can, in very rare circumstances, present a threat to human beings as well.”
Bozza added: “Therefore it’s right that boroughs should focus on their duties for pest control because as romantic and cuddly as a fox is, it is also a pest.”
Boris’ comments received wide support from wildlife experts. Peter Crowden, chairman of the National Pest Technicians Association, said: “The situation is out of control and we could see more attacks on domestic pets and even babies. There are no natural predators and this is the problem. No one is controlling them in towns and cities.”