Woman, 83, attacked by rabid beaver at Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County
The creature knocked Lillian Peterson off her feet as she was climbing out of Lake Barcroft after a swim. The 83-year-old woman twisted around to see what attacked her and noticed one thing: large, orange teeth.
A 35-pound, 24-inch rabid beaver had bitten her on the back of the leg and would not let go, sparking an ordeal that lasted more than 20 minutes Tuesday evening. The Falls Church woman and a friend battled the animal with canoe paddles, a stick and bare hands as it came at them again and again. Peterson was seriously injured.Obviously, it's unfortunate that the woman was hurt; rabid animal attacks are nothing to laugh at. Read the story, though - I think in addition to being rabid, this might have also been a zombie beaver. It was beaten down twice and came back for more, finally succumbing to a net followed by euthanasia.
The gentleman who helped Peterson to shore went above and beyond by capturing the beaver. Not only did capturing it allow for a positive rabies diagnosis, but it prevented it from attacking anyone else. It's unfortunate that he didn't have a pistol handy to dispatch it faster, though.
Carry your guns, people - you don't get a warning before a rabid beaver attack...
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