On the prowl... and on the fence: Fantastic Mr Fox scales new heights in a garden to stalk his prey

By Nick Enoch

This urban fox was seen in Ealing Dean, west London, prowling along a garden fence

If there's a mouse or bird on the lawn, they have no idea what's about to hit them.

This urban fox was seen prowling along a garden fence in Ealing Dean, west London - with a look on his face that said 'You're breakfast'.

Creeping along in broad daylight, he made light work of the wooden posts yesterday - balancing like a parkour pro.

The cunning fox seemed to have his eyes fixed on something tasty

Foxes are well adapted to urban life - in London alone, they number more than 10,000.

Councils don't consider such wild animals to be pests as they do not pose a direct threat to public health.

Just like the rural type, urban foxes are omnivores with a strong sense of their territory.

In towns and cities, around a third of their diet comprises food they have scavenged from our rubbish, with the balance made up of rats, mice, pigeons and other small animals they have hunted, as well as worms and insects.

Just like the rural type, urban foxes are omnivores with a strong sense of their territory

In certain seasons, they also eat fruit and berries.

But domestic pets can also be targeted, particularly as the large new wheelie bins make it more difficult for foxes to scavenge in our garbage. Cats, birds, rabbits and even small dogs are all at risk.

Urban foxes have been around for almost 80 years, ever since they started moving into the low-density suburbs that started springing up around London and elsewhere in the Thirties.

And they've certainly taken to city life: they've been spotted in the House of Lords, sauntering along Downing Street and running across the pitch -- while the match was on -- at a packed football stadium.

One vixen even had her cubs under a platform at Paddington Station.



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