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A fox, believed to be the biggest ever found in Britain, has been caught and killed after it apparently ate a family's pet cat.
The giant creature was twice the normal size of its species and weighed 26.5lb - or nearly two stone.
It was 4ft long - the same length as an average seven-year-old child and about the size of a coyote, dingo or Iberian lynx.
The animal was caught on Boxing Day by vet Keith Talbot who had laid a trap with food, while he spent Christmas at his parents' home in Maidstone, Kent.
The fox's capture raises fears such creatures are getting larger and bolder, as they have easy access to discarded food from suburban homes.
Source: Biggest Ever' Fox Caught In Britain
Originally posted by CX
Ok it's not quite Hogzilla, but the US always did have bigger everything than us.
Originally posted by Manolete
Its surprising the vet had a trap to kill it. The vet must see starved/overfed animals in his care day in and out at the hands of domestic owners, so its surprising he lets rip on the wild animals.
Originally posted by davespanners
I've got to say that I find this article rather suspect.
Boxing day was the big traditional day to go Fox Hunting in England. Kent is a traditional place to go Fox Hunting and had lots of protests before the ban.
So someone in Kent just happens to trap the largest ever Fox on Boxing Day and incidentally start some more paranoia about Foxes being out of control and dangerous?
Something smells bad, and it's not just the dead fox.edit on 2-1-2011 by davespanners because: (no reason given)