Super Gran fights off giant fox with shovel
A TERRIFIED grandmother watched as a fox – feared to be the Beast of the Bubble – killed her pet rabbit and then turned on her.
Eileen Gardner was powerless to stop the giant fox as it savaged her beloved pet Bow, and feared for her own safety when the animal refused to back down.
The 68-year-old is now warning other people to keep their pets inside, and fears it won't be long before the Beast strikes again.
She said: "It is one rogue fox. He cleared my six-foot fence and just grabbed poor Bow.
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"He started to eat her, and I just had to do something so I ran out there, but he turned on me.
"He couldn't jump back over the fence with the rabbit in his mouth, so in the end he left it lying in the garden, but he came back twice more to try and get it."
The fearsome fox, which first hit the headlines after savaging a pet dog, forcing its owner to fight it off with a garden chair, was so big that Mrs Gardner initially feared she had a dog in her garden. It only made off after she threatened it with garden tools.
The grandmother-of-ten said: "It was like a small German shepherd. I had the shovel ready for a long time after it had gone. It really worries me what it could do next.
"The weather is getting warmer and mums sometimes leave their babies in the garden – it could take a newborn with ease.
"It really went for me, and it wasn't scared at all until I threatened it with the shovel. Who knows what it will do next?"
The Times fox squad tracked down the beast's possible lair on Tankerton Slopes after a tip-off from reader Tracy Edwards.
He said: "I see the animal quite regularly and it's often in my garden. Last year it had cubs to feed and there were a lot of cats disappearing in the area.
"It is definitely bigger than an average fox, and I believe it uses the back lanes and alleys to get around. It's attracted to gardens by people leaving out cat food or bird food, and I think that's why there are problems.
"It's used to being around people so it's lost all fear. It is a dangerous situation."
Canterbury City Council spokesman Rob Davies confirmed that environmental health officials did not deal with foxes, but said private companies could provide fox deterrents if people were worried about the security of their gardens.
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