Fox captured after chewing off part of mans ear and attacking girl

first_imgA fox terrorised a village by attacking a schoolgirl and delivery driver before chewing off part of a man’s ear.The “aggressive” animal has been named John Lewis after going on a two-day rampage near Waitrose, the store’s supermarket partner, in the village of Storrington, West Sussex.Residents have told how the fox targeted people including a young girl, supermarket delivery driver, shoppers and several walkers. The victim with damage to his ear didn’t wish to be identified after attacked by a fox in Storrington, SussexCredit:David McHugh / Brighton Pictures The animal then attacked a 24-year-old man as he lay sleeping on a park bench close to the village pond, almost entirely severing his ear.The fox, which is thought to be suffering from toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease, is now undergoing health checks after being caught.The National Fox Welfare Society has named the animal John Lewis as the attacks happened near a branch of Waitrose, the partner supermarket of the department store.The incidents happened last week when residents spotted the fox wandering the streets of Storrington.The mother of the man bitten by the animal said her son had fallen asleep on the bench after he had been drinking. The victim with damage to his ear didn't wish to be identified after attacked by a fox in Storrington, Sussex They tried to get the fox off him and the fox went for them. The fox had eaten most of his earmother of one of the fox’s victims The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “A couple of young lads heard my son screaming and saw the fox attacking him. They tried to get the fox off him and the fox went for them. The fox had eaten most of his ear.”The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment on his ear.But his mother said that the fox might have actually saved her son’s life because he had fallen asleep in sub-zero temperatures.Villagers had reported sightings of the animal around the supermarket, the library and the village memorial pond.Police, the RSPCA and Storrington and Sullington Parish Council were alerted after more reports were made of the fox attacking people in the village.The parish council called on the National Fox Welfare Society for help in tracking down the animal.  And after a two-night hunt by volunteers, the animal was cornered and meekly climbed into a cage.”The fox just kept going for people all over the place,” said the woman who helped to finally catch the animal. “Eventually, he just walked into the cage and curled up. It was completely disorientated.”She said she thought the animal might be suffering from toxoplasmosis.”It couldn’t hunt for itself,” she said. “It wasn’t chasing people to attack, it was just desperate for food.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more