A scary incident unfolded in New Hampshire when a fox attacked four people and injured them to the extent that they landed in a hospital. The authorities confirmed the same, and People reported it.
The fox was considered “aggressive” and was later euthanized. ABC Affiliate WMUR TV reported, “The animal was captured after it followed people through an automatic door at a post office in Rochester, N.H..”
Who were injured? People reported, “Among the injured who sought treatment at local hospitals included a postal worker, a woman in her driveway, and Denise Snyder, who was sitting by a fire pit outside of her home.” Snyder spoke to ABC Affiliate WCVB TV and said, “All of a sudden, I felt claws on my shoulder and before I could turn around, I felt teeth plunging into my back,” after which she also added that the fox “bit right into my muscle.”
When Fish and Game Conservation Officer William James spoke to the Station, he said People reported, “We had received multiple calls yesterday, aggressive fox in the area,” he also added, “strange behavior for what a fox should be doing.” The media outlet further reports, “The series of incidents included encounters between the animal and residents near their homes, while others in the area reported seeing the fox biting car tires.”
The Fox was captured, it was euthanized, and taken to the Department of Health and Human Services, where it was tested for rabies. The same has been confirmed by WCVB TV. Jones added to WCVB and the People reported, “The series of incidents included encounters between the animal and residents near their homes, while others in the area reported seeing the fox biting car tires.”
While People says the officers wait for reports, NBC Boston mentioned, “A rabid fox attacked multiple people in Rochester, New Hampshire Wednesday, at one point slipping through an automatic door into the back of the post office while chasing after three employees before they were able to trap it and call for help.” They have already confirmed the rabies of the fox allegedly.
The Fish and Game officials add, and NBC Boston adds, “None of the people bitten were seriously hurt, Fish and Game officials said. They will all undergo a rabies vaccination series.” Jones spoke to WMUR, and they reported, “It could be a matter of weeks before symptoms start showing, but once they start showing, it’s a little bit too late,” he also adds, and the media outlet reports, “Jones said it usually takes about two days to get the rabies results back from DHHS, and anyone they have on record who came in contact with the fox will be contacted with the results.”
While such attacks can happen, foxes are usually calm. One needs to not self-diagnose and seek medical help immediately to avoid fatal infections like rabies.