"They may appear cuddly and romantic but foxes are also a pest and a menace, particularly in our cities" ... London Mayor, Boris Johnson
British police are investigating a fox attack on a one-month-old baby boy which left his hand seriously injured.
The animal tore the infant's finger off after dragging him from his cot after entering his bedroom in Bromley, southeast London, according to reports.
"We were called at 1638 on Wednesday 6 February by staff at St Thomas' Hospital to reports a baby boy who had been admitted to hospital after being attacked by a fox," a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
"Police attended to find a four-week-old baby with a hand injury.
"The baby was admitted to hospital after the attack at its home address in Bromley.
The child's mother was alerted by the child's screams and rushed into his room to see his hand lodged "halfway down the animal's throat", the Mail on Sunday said.
Surgeons were able to reattach the baby's finger and he was said to be recovering well.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said fear was the only reason a fox would attack.
"It's extremely unusual for foxes to attack young children or anyone," she said.
"It's not typical fox behaviour at all. Foxes will come closer to a house if there are food sources. Then they can become quite bold, but they usually do back off and run away when there's people around."
London Mayor Boris Johnson said more must be done to tackle the growing problem of urban foxes.
"They may appear cuddly and romantic but foxes are also a pest and a menace, particularly in our cities," he told BBC News.
"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."
Johnson added that his thoughts were "with the baby boy and his family".