Raleigh woman describes being attacked by rabid fox


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The fox that bit a woman and attacked a boy Tuesday in Raleigh was rabid, animal control officials confirmed to WNCN on Wednesday.

The fox eluded animal control officials for hours after biting a woman on the leg and attacking an 8-year-old boy.

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On Wednesday, the fox remained the talk of the neighborhood where the attacks happened. And because foxes are den animals, neighbors fear that other foxes in the den may have the disease.

The woman who was attacked, who identified herself only as Chris L., said the experience was terrifying.

“He wasn’t going to stop. He was not going to stop,” she said. “I’m glad I got one bite.”

The part of her leg where she was bitten is now surrounded by painful shots, the first of several she will have to endure.

“I got 10 and then four others,” she said. “Then I have to go back for three more in the next three weeks.”

It was her call to 911 about the attack that brought scores of police and animal control offices to the neighborhood.

Chris L. said she first saw the fox in her backyard.

“I saw him in the kudzu killing something, then I went inside,” she said. “And he ran around quickly and was over there.”

When she went to her trash barrels to throw something away, the fox attacked.

“From the time he saw me and bit me, it was five seconds,” she said.

She used a trash barrel to fend off the attack.

“I did think quick enough to grab the trash can, which was the only thing there, and hit him with it, and it worked,” she said.

On Wednesday, children played in the street and Chris L. took her dog for a walk. But she did that while carrying a baseball bat, because she worries there may be another infected fox around.

“I’m a little concerned in that I’m not going to let my dog out without me and same kind of protection,” she said. “My cat stays on the front porch but I’m still concerned for her and I’m concerned for myself. But like everyone says, I can’t be scared forever.”

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