ATTACKED BY FOX AS HE SAT ON TOILET!
STARTLED Anthony Schofield was savaged by a fox as he curled one off on his BOG!
The disturbed pooer was treated in hospital for cuts, bruises and a suspected broken wrist after the animal sneaked into his home in Lewisham, south London, and interrupted him mid-turd.
Anthony, 49, told how he leapt from the crapper in shock when the fox pushed its nose through the door as he sought to release his chocolate hostage.
He gave chase, with his trousers round his ankles, but the fox also attacked his partner, Tanny Chapple, 35, and their cat Jessie.
It then sank its teeth into Anthony’s arm and refused to let go. “I just had to chase after it. It was so quick,” said Anthony, an unemployed carpenter.
“The fox had pushed its nose through the door. I jumped off the toilet. In the meantime it had run into the front room and got the cat.
“It had the cat round the neck. She was in shock, bleeding from her face. It locked itself on to my arm but still had the cat as well.
“It was unbelievable – the strength in the little thing. There was blood everywhere. It was like a struggle for my life.”
His partner Tanny joined in the fight and had her finger gnashed by the bushy-tailed beast, which was battling all three victims at once.
Anthony eventually freed himself from the animal’s jaws by hauling it outside while it was still latched on to his arm.
He was treated at hospital for cuts and bruises while his 14-year-old rescue cat Jessie sustained facial injuries and is still too scared to enter the living room after the attack.
He added: “It was so frightening. It was like a wild animal.
“We were concerned for our neighbour’s baby next door. There are a lot of foxes around here. It was an utter surprise.”
He says he underestimated the small fox’s strength and believes even his three-and- a-half-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Clementine – who was shut in the kitchen at the time – would have lost out to the fearsome fighter.
Now worried Anthony is urging neighbours to be vigilant. And he hopes his shocking story acts a wake-up call to parents and pet owners across Britain.
He added: “At the time I wanted to kill the fox.
“But it must have been in real trouble, really hungry.
“It panicked – I don’t blame it for that.”
Lewisham Council has issued emergency safety advice after a string of fox attacks in south London.
Last year, a shopper was robbed of his garlic bread in an alleyway in Orpington.
And last November a “cocky” fox was mown down by a Land Rover shortly after attacking a teenage couple waiting for a bus in Blackfen.
Also in November, a healthconscious fox stalked a Sidcup shopper before mugging her of fruit and veg.
In February, one-monthold baby Denny Dolan had one of his fingers ripped off by a fox in his Downham family home. And last month a pack of foxes caused more than £1,700 of damage to a van during a repeated attack in Bexleyheath.
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