Friday, September 7, 2012

Headline of the Day...

Gerry sent this one in; it might just be headline of the month...

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...

That is all.

7 comments:

Dave H said...

There was a rabid beaver attack on a Scoutmaster in Pennsylvania just a few weeks ago, too.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water...

Anonymous said...

This the third rabid beaver attack this year to make the news.

How many more attacks have the DHS folks surpressed?

Is the MSM working hand in hand with the White House to cover this pandemic up?

Can these attacks be linked to illegal space aliens or the Mayans?

Be affaid people!

Gerry

Dave H said...

I know what it is. It's Canadian biological warfare. We use Predator drones, they use rabid beavers.

Skul said...

Be sure to wear protection.

Mr.B said...

IF she had been a lesbian, the headlines would have written themselves.....

Adam said...

So I am an avid bird hunter, and one of the great things about Mass is that, in recent years, they have made it nearly impossible to get a trapper's license. The result? Beavers are WAY overpopulated and wetlands are being destroyed and as a result, the waterfowl population in Mass is down. Last duck season a beaver attacked our canoe and started to climb into the boat. As you can imagine, a couple 3.5 inch magnum rounds settled it right down, but the moral of the story remains the same: these things are vicious.

Ed said...

Uncaught, untested biting animals are presumed to be rabid. Testing is done on intact brain tissue, so head shots are discouraged but may be unavoidable. Saliva, blood and cerebral spinal fluid from the animal are contagious from the virus so be careful of the back-splatter when shooting the animal and handling it afterwards. Since rabies causes severe damage to the animal's nervous system, the animal may not behave normally and may not retreat even when shot. A rabid fox in my yard attacked a boy in the mid-afternoon, biting him on the legs and hands. It took six shots from a sheriff deputy's .45 ACP Glock with 230 gr GDHP at less than seven yards to stop the fox from charging the deputy. The sixth shot was a front-on head shot.