A chiling study of over 1600 biting incidents in the Bradford area over the last 2 years has shown a clear correlation betweeen vicious savagings and the onset of the full moon. Crazed animals - desrcibed as 'vaguely dog like monsters'* by victims clearly unable to recognise a perfectly normal dog - have been proven to sink their teeth into human flesh more regularly around the full moon period of the lunar cycle.

This study by Dr Chanchal Bahattacharjee of Bradford Royal Infirmary ties in with other evidence. Previous studies have found increases in crime, aggression, human births and traffic accidents during the few days around the full moon. "The full moon is related to a lot of human behaviour," Battacharjee told New Scientist . "It could be that animals are also affected. Or it could be that a change in the behaviour of the human at this time makes the animal more likely to bite."

This study comes in the same week as two other studies linking human health and behaviour to the lunar cycle;

A British Telecom team found that people are more likely to make calls in the days leading up to a full moon. And research led by Richard Neal at the University of Leeds found that the number of patients visiting a GP peaks soon after a new moon.

Asked to explain the mechanism behind the peaking, Neal said: "We don't know. And we probably never will."

All we can suggest is that it might be safer to dig the turbo trainer out than go outside when the Wolves are howling.