London: The wounds left by a fox's teeth and claws are clearly visible on her face, and her arm is heavily bandaged.

But there was joy on Friday as nine-month-old Lola Koupparis returned home from hospital, almost a week after she was attacked in her cot in her first-floor bedroom.

In a savage mauling that shocked the country, Lola and her twin sister Isabella fell victim to the fox last Saturday night when it crept in though patio doors left open in the heat.

Mother Pauline, 41, smiled as she carried Lola into the family's £800,000 (Dh4.2 million) three-storey Victorian house in Hackney, east London.

Koupparis, a fashion designer and former merchandising chief for British Home Stores, said: "I'm ecstatic. We've gone through every emotion imaginable. We're glad to have her back. She's doing fine."

On Friday night Isabella, who was the more badly hurt of the pair with "life changing" injuries to her arms, was also on the mend.

After initially being treated with her sister at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, she was transferred to intensive care at Great Ormond Street children's hospital on Monday.

On Saturday afternoon she left Great Ormond Street in an ambulance accompanied by her father Nick, 40, on her way back to the Royal London, which is closer to her home.

Later, Koupparis left Lola in the family home being cared for by her grandmother, Zoe Koupparis, to visit Isabella.

Clutching a blue and white toy for her daughter, Koupparis said: "I've no idea when Isabella will be coming home, but I cuddled her last night and she's heading in the right direction."

Earlier in the week Koupparis described her daughters as looking "like something out of a horror movie" when she dashed up to their bedroom to find them covered in blood and the fox still in the room.

Predators: Numbers up four-fold

Fox numbers in urban areas have quadrupled in the last three years, experts have said.

Peter Crowden, chairman of the National Pest Technicians Association, said private contractors across the country had experienced a surge of calls from householders concerned about foxes.

He added the attack on the nine-month-old Koupparis twins had triggered even more call-outs.

Fortnightly bin collections, which lead to rubbish sacks being piled outside for days, are being blamed.