The creation of a killer species: Cultural rupture in representations of 'urban foxes' in UK newspapers

Kate Stewart, Matthew Cole

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At approximately 10:00 pm on 5th June, 2010, nine-month-old twins, Lola and Isabella Koupparis, were reported to have been attacked in their cots by a fox who had entered their family home in east London through an open ground-floor door before making her or his way upstairs and attacking the twins, resulting in arm and facial injuries requiring the twins’ hospitalization. Although the fox allegedly involved in the incident left the house without being captured, local environmental health officers laid traps in the rear garden of the house, and when a fox (who may or may not have been the same one reported in the twins’ bedroom) was captured by one the following night, she or he was killed by a ‘pest controller.’ The Metropolitan Police Service stated that traps would remain in the garden for some time (BBC News, 2010a).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Animal and Media Studies
Subtitle of host publicationCommunication for Nonhuman Animal Advocacy
EditorsNúria Almiron, Matthew Cole, Carrie P. Freeman
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315731674
ISBN (Print)9780203797631
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2015

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