The increasingly brazen behaviour of urban foxes has reached new heights in West London with news that one was seen pedalling away on a hire bicycle, or â€˜Boris bikeâ€™ as they are popularly known in the capital.
Eye witness Colin Devizes, 34, could hardly believe his eyes when he saw the fox mounting the bike at a docking station in Trebovir Road, Earls Court and then confidently setting off towards Shepherdâ€™s Bush.
â€˜To be honest,â€™ he said, â€˜I was on my way back from the pub and at first I thought I might have had one too many! Funny thing is, he seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was even indicating when crossing over into traffic. It definitely wasnâ€™t his first time, thatâ€™s for sure.â€™
How the fox got access to one of the bikes which are normally locked in position when parked is still a mystery. It is been suggested that the creature might even have officially registered with the sharing scheme and was using its own membership key.
Mr Devizes, for one, is deeply concerned. â€˜If heâ€™s doing it,â€™ he said, â€˜itâ€™s only a matter of time before there are others. Theyâ€™re not stupid. Itâ€™s going to cause chaos with the systemâ€™
However, a spokesman from the RSPCA was quick to allay any fears. â€˜Foxes are known to be fiercely territorial and I doubt this one would have gone very far,â€™ he said. â€˜Iâ€™m pretty sure the bike would have been returned to the same docking station within the specified time limit.â€™