Fox filmed snatching pigeon at 10am on street in east London

[09-09-2021 12:33 PM]

Ammon News - An fox ignored people around him to ‘casually’ savage a pigeon in the middle of a road in east London.

The urban animal was spotted walking towards a group of birds, then picking one off and ‘sauntering off’ carrying it in its mouth while holding up traffic.

Who needs a safari when you could hang out at the bus station?

Advertising professional Jo spotted the fox in Leytonstone just before 10am on Sunday and got her phone out to film.

At first she thought it would be a nice video of some city wildlife – but then things took a turn.

‘I came around the corner and spotted the fox,’ she told

She followed it, then saw it wandering towards a flock of pigeons, which prompted most of them to fly away.

But one of them didn’t move in time, and the fox then pounced, catching it in one and wandering off with it.

‘I couldn’t believe it – the poor pigeon. It really shocked me,’ she said.

‘At the end you can see him sauntering off with the pigeon in his mouth and all the cars are stopping.

‘The fox didn’t care about the people walking by. He seemed so chilled and just wasn’t fussed. He went straight in front of cars and wasn’t bothered about being out in the day in front of people.’

Jo, 29, who lives in east London and posted the footage on Reddit under her username Ladyandtherex, added: ‘I have house rabbits and will definitely be keeping them inside now.’

She said she had been shocked by the reaction to the video, with over 10,000 people ‘upvoting’ it and hundreds of people commenting.

‘Some people are siding with the fox saying he’s got to eat, and some are siding with the pigeon,’ she said.

‘Then you have got a group of people laughing at me, saying “What is up with this Londoner?”

‘Some people who watched the video were saying I don’t know how nature works… I just hadn’t seen it quite so explicit!’

The London Wildlife Trust estimates there are around 10,000 foxes living in the capital. In some boroughs, there are even thought to be higher numbers of them than in the surrounding countryside.

Rural foxes live on a diet that is around 95% meat, but in the city this percentage falls to only around half as they also scavenge in household rubbish.

They do seem drawn to the city life though, and have managed to infiltrate some of London’s most notable buildings – including the 72nd floor of the Shard while it was being built, and Portcullis House which is part of the Parliament estate.


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