Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Headline of the Week...

Gerry sends in a story that has to have one of the greatest headlines ever:

Rabid beaver attacks New York man swimming in Pennsylvania river
PINE PLAINS, NY – A Boy Scout leader from New York who was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in the Delaware River is recovering.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that 51-year-old Normand Brousseau, of Pine Plains, was swimming in eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 2 when a beaver swam through his legs and bit him in the chest.
I mean, it's not funny that the poor guy was bitten by a rabid animal, but really? Attacked by a beaver? The jokes just write themselves with beaver bites... And good on the Scouts for helping out - first for getting Brousseau to shore, and then dispatching of a rabid animal with nothing but rocks. It's good that they were able to stop the animal, both so it didn't attack anyone else and also to get the positive diagnosis.

Just be careful out there - you never know when you'll come across an angry, rabid, biting beaver...

That is all.


David said...

Must be a plot. The same thing happened to two girls here last month.


Anonymous said...

Pretty much any mammal can be a rabies carrier. Cows, bats, coyotes, opossums, skunks (the local vector of choice), what have you. Beaver would be very unusual but not unheard of.

And yeah, I don't think he's going to get many free drinks for having been bitten by a rabid beaver.


Dirk said...

For scouts here in Georgia, the "mythical" critter to be afraid of is the dreaded "beaver-shark", which is rumored to inhabit the lakes at both of the big Boy Scout camps in the state. Maybe there's some basis to the myth! :)

Anonymous said...

It appears they go for the tall trees first.

Be afraid Scout leader, be very afraid!