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A fox creeping into a home in search of food.
I never thought of foxes as particularly menacing -- until now.

A wickedly sly fox tried to drag a 4-week-old baby from his crib and bit off his finger in the process. According to reports, the child was having an afternoon nap at home in London when his mother heard screams and a thud on the floor. She entered the room to find a fox trying to flee with the baby. Yes, the animal entered the house, crept into the nursery, and then attempted to drag the infant away. It almost sounds too bizarre to be true.

Immediately it brings to mind the story of Azaria Chamberlain, which was made into a movie. You may recall, her mother (played by Meryl Streep) stood trial for the child's death, all the time insisting, "a dingo stole my baby." Decades later, it was proven that a wild dog did, in fact, kill the child, but there are still dingo doubters out there. Well, this story should make them believers. And unlike the Chamberlain family, who were outside camping when the tragedy occurred, this baby was snug in his cradle. 

Even more shocking -- it's not the first time this has happened. Apparently, London has been overrun by the creatures, who are often spotted scavenging for food and sneaking into homes in search of something to eat. There have been several fox attacks on children reported in recent months, including a little boy who was bitten while he played on a sled. “This sort of attack, though terrible, is rare," said London Mayor Boris Johnson. "But we must do more to tackle the growing problem of urban foxes. They may appear cuddly and romantic, but foxes are a pest and menace, particularly in cities.”

Fortunately for this family, the fox's attempt was thwarted by the mom, who wrestled the baby's hand free from the animal's jaws. Thank goodness doctors were able to reattach the finger that was bitten off. Still, this is incredibly scary.

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Have you ever heard of foxes attacking people?