Fox kills kitten in Thamesmead

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A Thamesmead mother has voiced her concern about urban foxes after one murderous creature sneaked into her house and killed her five-day-old kitten.

Vicky ODonnell, aged 26, of Carnoustie Close was shocked to discover a fox had gotten into her home through the living room window and had killed one of her cat, Lola's, five kittens.

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The mother-of-three children, aged between seven and four, says that the fox was not deterred by her presence or by being attacked by the kitten's mother.

Miss ODonnell said: "The lights were all on, the telly was on, I was up and walking around, I never would have imagined that this would happen.

"After a scuffle where my older cat was bitten and I was scratched by the fox I had to physically pick the fox up and put it outside. 

"I'm very concerned about the fact that a fox would come into a lively household to kill another vulnerable animal. "

Miss ODonnell says that she has been left too scared to let her children, Georgia, aged seven, Harry, aged six and Shaye aged four play outside.

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She added: "I am assuming the fox is the one I see all the time lives in the garden next door, under the decking.

"She has three cubs and the RSPCA have said she was probably feeling territorial, which is understandable, but if this is the case how can I let my children play in the garden, if they go too close do they risk and injury?

"The fox scratched at me and I am five foot eight so it's a scary prospect."

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2:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Joelo says...

Tragic yes, scary even. But I do hate all these fox bashing stories. Saying you can't let your children outside is just ridiculous. Just avoid the decking In next doors garden if you know that's where the fox & her cubs are.

If people disposed of their waste food properly maybe we wouldn't have so many? Humans are to blame.
Tragic yes, scary even. But I do hate all these fox bashing stories. Saying you can't let your children outside is just ridiculous. Just avoid the decking In next doors garden if you know that's where the fox & her cubs are. If people disposed of their waste food properly maybe we wouldn't have so many? Humans are to blame. Joelo
  • Score: 12

4:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

capricorn1101 says...

I completely agree with you Joelo. Humans have destroyed their environment with concrete and buildings and therefore they are having to look elsewhere for food such as our bins. If there are cubs next to the garden then I doubt it was a terrortory act, but perhaps easy food for them all. Foxes originally survived on small animals such as hares or baby animals so this is not out of the norm for them. I'm sure even a human mum would go to great lengths to feed her starving family!
I completely agree with you Joelo. Humans have destroyed their environment with concrete and buildings and therefore they are having to look elsewhere for food such as our bins. If there are cubs next to the garden then I doubt it was a terrortory act, but perhaps easy food for them all. Foxes originally survived on small animals such as hares or baby animals so this is not out of the norm for them. I'm sure even a human mum would go to great lengths to feed her starving family! capricorn1101
  • Score: 6

7:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Witchkid says...

Urban foxes have lost their fear of humans, mostly as a result of well-meaning people who feed them and try to make pets of them. This does the fox no favours, because it cuts down their territory and more foxes move in. Because they do not fear humans, they will enter a house, even in broad daylight, in search of food, as well as approaching people in the street. Foxes are wild animals, NOT PETS!
Urban foxes have lost their fear of humans, mostly as a result of well-meaning people who feed them and try to make pets of them. This does the fox no favours, because it cuts down their territory and more foxes move in. Because they do not fear humans, they will enter a house, even in broad daylight, in search of food, as well as approaching people in the street. Foxes are wild animals, NOT PETS! Witchkid
  • Score: 6

7:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

paulbexleyheath says...

Joelo wrote:
Tragic yes, scary even. But I do hate all these fox bashing stories. Saying you can't let your children outside is just ridiculous. Just avoid the decking In next doors garden if you know that's where the fox & her cubs are.

If people disposed of their waste food properly maybe we wouldn't have so many? Humans are to blame.
here we go again the yearly fox haters are in the NS .
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Tragic yes, scary even. But I do hate all these fox bashing stories. Saying you can't let your children outside is just ridiculous. Just avoid the decking In next doors garden if you know that's where the fox & her cubs are. If people disposed of their waste food properly maybe we wouldn't have so many? Humans are to blame.[/p][/quote]here we go again the yearly fox haters are in the NS . paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 3

7:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Simon bald says...

news shopper bingo,Evil foxes mean I down a pint
news shopper bingo,Evil foxes mean I down a pint Simon bald
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

vicxyto says...

I'm sorry I don't mean to appear rude but I have to take offence to being called 'ridiculous' for not letting my children play in the garden, as the Rspca told me the fox came into my house, killed my kitten, attacked my cat and myself, because it had cubs in the next doors garden. My garden is closer to the cubs than the kittens were so if my child is in the garden playing who is to say the fox will not get territorial and attack her? Of course I do not let my children play on the decking. And I understand that foxes prey on smaller animals but they should be scared to come into a humam territory. This is where the problem lies. It did not eat my kitten. It killed it and left its body where it was before sleeping. I do not hate foxes, I hate that the council, and animal services are refusing to help and would like to make everyone aware that they should keep their windows and doors shut. Just in case. If this story helps save one much loved pet or child from being bitten/traumatised or worse then this wont have happened in vain. Thank u all for reading anyway.
I'm sorry I don't mean to appear rude but I have to take offence to being called 'ridiculous' for not letting my children play in the garden, as the Rspca told me the fox came into my house, killed my kitten, attacked my cat and myself, because it had cubs in the next doors garden. My garden is closer to the cubs than the kittens were so if my child is in the garden playing who is to say the fox will not get territorial and attack her? Of course I do not let my children play on the decking. And I understand that foxes prey on smaller animals but they should be scared to come into a humam territory. This is where the problem lies. It did not eat my kitten. It killed it and left its body where it was before sleeping. I do not hate foxes, I hate that the council, and animal services are refusing to help and would like to make everyone aware that they should keep their windows and doors shut. Just in case. If this story helps save one much loved pet or child from being bitten/traumatised or worse then this wont have happened in vain. Thank u all for reading anyway. vicxyto
  • Score: -6

10:17pm Sat 14 Jun 14

mainman says...

Here we go again with the anti fox crap, (the downham incident was discredited)- It was their own dog that was involved.,,,,,,,Firs
tly, does this so called incident warrant front page? murderous fox? How many animals have you killed Fiona? foxes dont scratch, they might bite. no picture of the "scratch" Vicky supposedly received. and I would not pick up any wild fox as I probably would be bitten. one of our cats chased off a fox.
Here we go again with the anti fox crap, (the downham incident was discredited)- It was their own dog that was involved.,,,,,,,Firs tly, does this so called incident warrant front page? murderous fox? How many animals have you killed Fiona? foxes dont scratch, they might bite. no picture of the "scratch" Vicky supposedly received. and I would not pick up any wild fox as I probably would be bitten. one of our cats chased off a fox. mainman
  • Score: 9

10:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

Richard Comaish says...

Witchkid wrote:
Urban foxes have lost their fear of humans, mostly as a result of well-meaning people who feed them and try to make pets of them. This does the fox no favours, because it cuts down their territory and more foxes move in. Because they do not fear humans, they will enter a house, even in broad daylight, in search of food, as well as approaching people in the street. Foxes are wild animals, NOT PETS!
Urban foxes haven't lost their fear of humans here in Kent House, where I have never been able to relate to them because they run away so quickly that it undermines respect. In fairness, it may be that local youths etc., have instilled a great fear of humans in them.
I am a little tired of 'experts' of both the qualified and self-appointed varieties laying down the law about a creature too cunning to be 'pinned down' so easily. I remember a silly Bromley Council leaflet advising that foxes did not eat cats (that was before one went for a baby). Hungry predators will go for what they can, as we know from our own species.
I feel we need a more mature debate about urban foxes, and about ecological management globally. The cherished distinction between 'wild' and 'domesticated' breaks down as soon as they enter human company and settlements. Foxes have been domesticated in Russia, and we need to consider part-domestication of foxes and other wild animals both for their own survival and ours.
[quote][p][bold]Witchkid[/bold] wrote: Urban foxes have lost their fear of humans, mostly as a result of well-meaning people who feed them and try to make pets of them. This does the fox no favours, because it cuts down their territory and more foxes move in. Because they do not fear humans, they will enter a house, even in broad daylight, in search of food, as well as approaching people in the street. Foxes are wild animals, NOT PETS![/p][/quote]Urban foxes haven't lost their fear of humans here in Kent House, where I have never been able to relate to them because they run away so quickly that it undermines respect. In fairness, it may be that local youths etc., have instilled a great fear of humans in them. I am a little tired of 'experts' of both the qualified and self-appointed varieties laying down the law about a creature too cunning to be 'pinned down' so easily. I remember a silly Bromley Council leaflet advising that foxes did not eat cats (that was before one went for a baby). Hungry predators will go for what they can, as we know from our own species. I feel we need a more mature debate about urban foxes, and about ecological management globally. The cherished distinction between 'wild' and 'domesticated' breaks down as soon as they enter human company and settlements. Foxes have been domesticated in Russia, and we need to consider part-domestication of foxes and other wild animals both for their own survival and ours. Richard Comaish
  • Score: 9

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