A three-year-old boy was reportedly dragged by the foot through the snow by a fox as he played in his back garden.
The Sun reports that three-year-old Alfie Whitelock was sledging in his garden in Chislehurst, Kent, when the animal pounced, locking its jaws around the toddler's leg and pulling him along the ground.
The fox only let go when Alfie's dad, Lee, 26, chased it off, but then it made a further attempt to lunge at both of them.
Alfie had been enjoying the snow at his home when the attack happened. It was broad daylight, and his dad says he and his wife Saranya were 'left fearing' what could have happened if their one-year-old daughter Alice had also been outside.
"We'd never leave Alice outside by herself but I hate to think what would have happened if the fox had attacked her," Lee told the Sun, sharing photographs and a video he had managed to take of the incident.
Wildlife expert John Bryant told the paper that foxes 'generally avoid human contact' and that it was very rare for one to attack a human.
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