Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
The fox that bit the baby girl after it snuck into her home through an open back door (Picture: SWNS)

A seven-month-old baby was taken to hospital yesterday after an urban fox attacked her while she was sat in her bouncer in her home.

The fox apparently managed to sneak into the family home through an open back door and bit the child.

Raeya Wyatt suffered bite wounds to a foot and hand after the animal attacked her after entering through a back door that was on the latch.

Paramedics were called to her home in Plymouth, Devon, following the attack on Tuesday afternoon and she was later given a tetanus jab and antibiotics in hospital.

Raeya’s granddad Darren Boundry, who scared the fox from the house, revealed it had killed a neighbour’s cat just the day before.

Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
Raeya Wyatt was in her bouncer when she was apparently attacked by the fox (Picture: SWNS)
Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
One of the injuries to her foot following the attack which happened on Tuesday afternoon (Picture: SWNS)

Her mother, Leanne Boundy, 27, believes if the attack had lasted any longer her daughter could have been ‘ripped to pieces.’

She said: ‘I just thought it was an older fox coming to feed its babies and did not think anything of it, but it kept coming back to our back garden.

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‘No one saw the attack, my dad came in to shut the door and turned around and the fox was in the living room.

‘The door was just on the latch, Raeya has bite marks on her hand and on her foot, they are puncture wounds.

‘She was released from hospital on Tuesday evening, but is still shaken up. If an animal goes near her now she is scared and will cry.’

Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
She also suffered bite wounds to her hand in the attack and had to be taken to hospital (Picture: SWNS)

Leanne told she had contacted the RSPCA for advice prior to the attack because she had been concerned for the safety of her children Raeya, Reggie, four and Jimmy, one.

She added: ‘It has been walking along the side for several days.

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‘It lasted 30 seconds but in another minute it could have been a lot worse and ripped her to pieces.

‘You don’t expect a fox to behave in that way. The RSPCA need to come and get it.

‘I’m really angry with the RSPCA, if this was a dog that came in it would have been put down.

‘Several calls have been made to the RSPCA but the fox is still in the garden. As a mother it was terrifying.’

Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
She was given a tetanus shot and treated with antibiotics in hospital (Picture: SWNS)

Grand father Darren Boundry, said: ‘This fox killed a neighbour’s cat the day before.

‘It sneaked up the side of the shed. I just turned around and looked in the front room and the fox was right behind Raeya.

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‘The baby was screaming, it all happened in about 30 seconds. I just took her out then phoned the ambulance.’

Raeya’s auntie, Roxanne Boundy, said: ‘It all happened in about 30 seconds, and Raeya had her hands and feet bitten.

‘She was crying her eyes out apparently, she was released from hospital later that day in seven hours but has to be on antibiotics and be checked out.

Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
Raeya’s granddad Darren Boundry, who scared the fox from the house, revealed it had killed a neighbour’s cat just the day before (Picture: SWNS)

‘As a family we are all really angry that this was able to happen, we warned them and there were seven calls made to the RSPCA and we were told there was nothing they can do.’

South Western Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called on Tuesday at 1.47pm to an incident in the West Park area of Plymouth involving a suspected animal bite.

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‘We attended with a rapid response vehicle. A female patient was treated at the scene for minor injuries.’

A picture of the fox, posted on Facebook by a family member, has been shared hundreds of times.

South Western Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called on Tuesday at 1.47pm to an incident in the West Park area of Plymouth involving a suspected animal bite.

Baby attacked by urban fox that managed to get into family home
Her mother believes that if the attack lasted much longer her daughter could have been killed (Picture: SWNS)

‘We attended with a rapid response vehicle. A female patient was treated at the scene for minor injuries.’

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It was reported that one of the baby’s fingers was severed but later re-attached by surgeons in a ‘delicate and difficult’ three-hour operation.

The RSPCA says that fox attacks were ‘extremely unusual’.

A spokesman said: ‘It’s extremely unusual for foxes to attack young children or anyone.

‘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.’