Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BABY'S FACE 'IS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE'; MOTHER TELLS HOW SHE FOUND FOX IN TWINS' BEDROOM; 'I Started to Scream as I Saw Lola Was Covered in Blood'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BABY'S FACE 'IS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE'; MOTHER TELLS HOW SHE FOUND FOX IN TWINS' BEDROOM; 'I Started to Scream as I Saw Lola Was Covered in Blood'

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Byline: Kiran Randhawa

THE mother of twin girls mauled in their cot by a fox told this afternoon of the moment she came face to face with the animal.

Pauline Koupparis, 40, rushed up to their bedroom in Homerton after hearing one of the nine-month-olds cry out in pain.

She described her shock at finding Lola and Isabella covered in blood from face and arm wounds. She said bite marks left one side of Lola's face looking like "something from a horror movie". Both girls had emergency surgery with Isabella in the most serious condition. "I put on the light, I saw the fox," said Mrs Koupparis. "It just looked at me and it wasn't even scared of me.

"My husband came running up and we were both screaming hysterically. It didn't even leave the room. My husband lunged at it three or four times and it moved a few inches each time."

The couple chased the fox out of their [pounds sterling]800,000 three-storey home and the girls were taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. One of the babies is said to be recovering from wounds to the eye while the other suffered serious injuries to her arm.

Mrs Koupparis and her husband Nicholas, 40, head of finance at film and television production company Leopard Films, were watching TV on Saturday at about 10pm when they heard a noise from the bedroom upstairs. Mrs Koupparis said: "It was a funny cry, not a normal cry. It was quite muffled but very pained. I went into the room and I saw some blood in Isabella's cot, I thought she had a nosebleed. I started screaming as I realised Lola was also covered in blood."

The fox is believed to have got in through a patio door left open because of the heat. Experts said attacks by the normally shy animal are extremely rare but foxes are common in the area, often scavenging from rubbish sacks.

Mrs Koupparis said they were going through a "living nightmare", adding: "It's something I would never have expected to happen -- let alone to my beautiful girls." Mrs Koupparis said: "Lola looks dreadful. …

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