A Dramatic Fox Attack

An Arizona woman was attacked by a fox. Knowing she’d want the fox tested for rabies, she ran a mile with it clamped onto her arm, then tossed it into the trunk of her car and drove to the hospital. The fox also bit an animal control officer.

This has been a busy year for fox attacks, but I haven’t heard one quite like this before. Foxes almost never attack people except when rabid. Animals can react to rabies in different ways, but rabid canids (dog-like animals) generally go through a violent phase. Wolves and large dogs can be incredibly dangerous when rabid, attacking dozens of people before the disease disables and kills them.

The photo shows the rabies virus as seen with a microscope.

(Thanks to Carole for the news tip.)


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