By Mona Elkalban and Marley Gibbons
Laila Shameel was working in her office this morning when she heard what sounded like a cat scratching at her window. She turned to investigate, and saw a fox.
Shameel, the assistant director of the Jameel MBA program, was stunned. But before she called security, she took a few seconds to snap a photo of the furry intruder with her mobile phone.
The fox ran loose around the grounds of the School of Business, Economics and Communication this morning, scaring students and faculty, while managing to evade dozens of security guards sent to chase it down.
“The fox was running outside in the parking, hit the wire gate between the parking and the inner campus gate, and then ran away,” said security guard Mahmoud Abo El Magd Ali.
Security sent out a message for people on the second floor of the BEC to stay inside their offices. Two security guards said they tracked the fox to a BEC computer lab and tried to capture him.
“We had an open box to put the fox in, but it was hard to catch due to the panic of the students, and that the fox was standing outside the window,” said Ibrahim, one of the guards.
Students said the quick brown fox jumped over many a barrier.
“He passed in front of us quickly,” said May Emad, a mass communications student. “I just saw him next to the SSE and he ran towards the administration.”
“The fox was light brown, with a fat tail at the end,” said her friend, Heba Gheramy.
“I did not see the fox, but if I saw it, I think that I would not come to college again,” said Reham Nagib, a marketing student.
Construction workers, though, were unfazed.
“Even if there were lions on campus, we will keep working,” said Mostafa Kamel, a construction worker in the BEC building.
Shameel said she was shaken by the intrusion. “I used to open my window when the air conditioning was too cold, but now I will never open my window,” she said.
Additional reporting by Amal Ahmed, Heba Abdul Shahid, Mohammed Nessem, and Donia Mazen