This fearless urban fox stunned residents after climbing to the top of a 12ft high TREE in broad daylight to scope out their gardens for food.
Shocked Ken Thompson, 71, said the brazen beast was ”the size of a wolf” and sat perched on conifer trees in his back garden in full view of dozens of houses.
He reached for his camera when son Simon, 39, spotted the giant fox and was able to capture these remarkable pictures before the animal disappeared half an hour later.
Ken, a retired production engineer, said his housing estate in St Albans, Herts., is plagued by foxes playing in gardens, scavenging for food and watching passing cars.
His wife Dorothy, 74, is now too terrified to leave the back doors open fearful the giant fox may enter her home.
Mr Thompson said: ”My son was sat on the sofa looking into the back garden and he went ballistic. He got up and said there was a giant fox sitting on my conifers.
”He was there for a considerable amount of time and eventually he put his head down through the tree and wriggled down like a snake.
”He was huge. About the size of a wolf or an Alsatian. He must have been looking for food and could see all the gardens around him.
”This is a high density area of housing and a large population around here but there are also a lot of foxes.
”They used to rip open the bin bags before we got wheely bins. I’ve seen a scrawny fox very early in the morning sitting by the side of the road just looking at passing cars.
”There were two fox cubs playing in a neighbour’s garden the other day.
”But this fox in the tree was huge. I’m sure there’s a fox den around here somewhere. They are becoming very domesticated and not bothered by people at all.
”My wife Dorothy is terrified and hasn’t opened the French doors since. This fox was very big and she is worried it might get inside the house.”
Just last week photos revealed an urban fox sneaking into a bedroom in broad daylight in Ruislip, Middlesex.
The case echoes that of nine-month-old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis who were mauled by a fox as they slept at their home in East London on June 5.
The attack left them with bite marks over their faces and arms.