There was another report recently about a fox sneaking in a house and resting in its living room. Due to the news report it was caused by the extreme cold weather. The fox didn't even bother the man sitting besides it. This happened in Germany but I know a few other similar reports (googled =)).

I've a hard time understanding what causes this extreme behavior. Why would a common fox sneak into a house full of humans just to get warm? Is this generally true? Or are these foxes either sick, habituated or tame to some degree?

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    Related sister site (pets) question Stray dog or fox? Jan 23, 2017 at 13:56
  • Probably a fox that has been raised by people and slept inside before. If a fox was acting like a lost cold puppy I'd probably let it in my house too. Lots of people keep foxes as pets: youtube.com/watch?v=_AtP7au_Q9w
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    Jan 23, 2017 at 16:27
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    @JamesJenkins Interesting, the incident outlined on Pets SE occurred the day before an ice storm, freakishly cold for that region. Jan 23, 2017 at 20:34

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This site says that it has to do with food.

Foxes are drawn into houses by the availability of food. They will take advantage of open windows, doors, and pet flaps to come inside and wreak havoc. The pests makes messes of kitchens as they forage for fish, meats, fruits, vegetables, and even garbage.


This fox in London was apparently a gamer,

A cheeky fox has been caught on camera as he casually sneaked into a family home - before stealing a nine-year-old's PlayStation controller.


This one attacked two nine-month-old twins,

Shortly before 10pm, a curious fox padded into their home in Victoria Park, east London, and made its way upstairs, where their nine-month-old twins Lola and Isabella were asleep. The fox attacked the girls on their arms and faces. When Pauline heard the crying, she rushed upstairs. "I went into the room and I saw some blood on Isabella's cot," she said yesterday. "I thought she'd had a nosebleed. I put on the light and I saw a fox and it wasn't even scared of me, it just looked me straight in the eye."


This one attacked a four month year old,

But the BBC's John Andrew said: "The mother was at home and heard this awful scream, went next door where the baby was, found it had been dragged from the cot onto the floor and the baby's hand was in the jaws of the fox.

"She was obviously in a terrible panic and did what she could to get the fox off, including kicking it. Eventually it did let go but the baby was found with quite serious injuries."

Our correspondent said it was believed one of the baby's fingers was severed but later re-attached by surgeons in a "delicate and difficult" three-hour operation, although it has not been confirmed by the hospital.


It seems like they will go inside a person's house to get food, or to get out of the cold or just out of curiosity. They do pose a danger to very small humans, but that type of behavior is rare.

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