Skip to comments.Teenager Fights Back in Rabid Fox Attack
Posted on 07/11/2012 8:38:28 AM PDT by nickcarraway
How far would you go to protect your family's pet? One teenager's encounter with a rabid fox showed just what she would do to defend the dog she loves so much.
"It just looked almost like a pet, like a dog," recalls Kathie Fisher. "Kinda stood there and sniffed the air with its head."
Kathie Fisher recalls her experience about a week ago. She was getting groceries out of her car and turned around to find a wild fox.
"He didn't seem mean or aggressive, it wasn't foaming out the mouth," Fisher said.
Nobody thought anything of it. Then the fox came back the next day and came after Vinny - her daughter Morgan's dog.
"I heard him barking, and I seen the fox grab him and take him out around by the neck, so I panicked and ran outside," Morgan said.
The 16-year-old says from there, she went into attack mode. She says she grabbed the fox up and started choking it. Then she tried to knock the fox out by slamming it into a pole.
Seeing that the fox wasn't giving up, she ran into her kitchen and grabbed a knife.
"I moved my hand and I stabbed him twice," Morgan said. "I thought he was dead so I started getting up and he jumped up and he bit me and scratched me."
It took sheriff's deputies to shoot the fox down, after it attempted to attack them as well. On Monday you could still see three bullet holes in the ground.
The fox was tested and discovered to have rabies, prompting the Department of Health to issue a rabies alert. Morgan and Vinny are currently being treated with rabies shots for the next few weeks.
While most health officials would advise against Morgan's actions, she says it was a no-brainer.
"I didn't want to lose him, I just got him," Morgan said. "I don't care what would have happened to me, as long as he was safe."
That rabies alert is still in effect in Gulf County. Health officials are urging you to stay away from wild animals.
Determination and fight, backed up with plenty of adrenaline. Wow!
How did she know it was rabid?
She fights like a girl! If we had a modicum of what she has, we could all take our country back. :)
Read it. She said it didn’t appear rabid. That was discovered when they tested after authorities got it.
Around here, any fox that allows itself to be seen for any amount of time has got something wrong with it.
They’re anything but rare and I’ve only seen a few in the wild and I spend a lot of time in the woods. Most I’ve seen were crossing the far end of a field or something at dawn. Very secretive critters.
Heros come in all shapes and sizes, and this young woman is one of them.
She didn't know it was until the carcass was tested.
About 3 years ago, my parents yellow lab fought with a rabid fox in their back yard. Every time my mom would open the sliding door to try to get the dog inside, the fox would try to run in. Mom would slam the door on the fox and the dog would drag him back outside. My mom had called my dad at their shop, a short distance away. He showed up and had nothing but a big stick, but he killed the fox with it. Not bad for a 74 year old guy with Parkinson’s!
Rabid Fox Attack? What has Brian Kilmeade done now?
I actually fought off a rabid raccoon once that was attacking a neighbor’s shiatsu. Was trying to impress the woman. Fortunately, I wasn’t bitten. Next time, I’ll try to figure out a safer way to play the Lothario!
Sorry. You are so correct.
I shamefully only read the headlines.
I apologize for my stupidity.
I rarely do something so dumb. But this time I hit the jackpot in dumbness.
A friendly acting wild animal around me and mine is DRT, period.
We were at my brother’s farm a few years ago. In the daytime, a skunk started approaching us. One of his dogs kept it at bay (got skunked anyway) until my brother could get his gun and shoot it. We knew it was rabid because they don’t come out during the day and don’t come near people, either. Foxes don’t generally come around people, either. Besides, maybe she didn’t know it was rabid until they tested the fox.
How hard would it be for you to tell us where this happened?
THe sheriff's department tested it after it was dead. She didn't know; she just knew it was attacking her dog and then her.
Wewahitchka, FL — Gulf County
It’s in the story at the link.
Deja vu ping.
I’d fight for any of my pets...but I have at least a BB gun (and stronger ones).
Good for her.
I specifically didn’t ping you here because I didn’t want to dredge anything up.
I went to the link and all I saw was Gulf County and that doesn’t tell me much.
If you clicked at the top, the Florida address comes up.
It is damned refreshing that someone on FR would admit that they are human.
It happens so rarely that it is worth commenting on.
I clicked all over and it did not come up for me. That is just one of my pet peeves.
Thank you, Eaker.
When I am wrong, I am wrong. Period. There is no hiding it. I take full responsibility for my mistakes.
The side effects of the shots seem to have subsided mostly and only the emotional baggage remains so it’s getting tolerable, I reckon.
Just a tidbit some may not know. The fatality rate for rabies infection is 100% in humans, if you don’t get treatment.
If you need help reading, this comment from the post may help you to understand.
“The fox was tested and discovered to have rabies, prompting the Department of Health to issue a rabies alert. Morgan and Vinny are currently being treated with rabies shots for the next few weeks.”
Here in Panama we just dont have a big problem with rabies. It is mostly talk. I wouldnt recognize rabies if an animal with rabies bit me. Hence, my ignorance shows in this area.
I would be concern if a vampire bat bit me as I slept because a few carry rabies, but that is beyond rare.
Thank you for your replies.
Next time I see my Dr. Vet, I will ask him about this. I am now curious.
Thank you for your input.
There’s a young woman to be admired. Wouldn’t you like her to be at your back in a firefight?
And they say there are no more heroes. Ha! Good for him.
What is it called? It’s beautiful!
“...most health officials would advise against Morgan’s actions....”
Always we must have the condescending crapola.
Only “professionals” like SPCA, police and firemen are allowed to do anything. Never mind you might be dead by the time they even get there.
They want to perpetuate the dependent coward character. Actually they’ve succeeded a great deal. Don’t dare stand up for yourself (or anyone else).
Undoubtedly, the people on United93 would’ve been told to stand down and not attempt anything, if it weren’t for such poor communication links.
Please read my post #34. You are included in my comments too; although, I did not see your comments until now.
Thank you for your post.
“attacking a neighbors shiatsu”
They had a massage machine in the yard?
(I do think you meant Shih Tzu! :D)
It’s a Remington 870 modified into what the BATF calls an AOW meaning any other weapon (sawed off shotgun) under their regulations. They have to be registered with the feds. Other than that, if your state allows it, you’re good to go.
Actually it’s 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999%. One kid survived.
As stated elsewhere on this thread, you suspect rabies any time a wild animal acts abnormally friendly. Especially nocturnal animals walking around in the day time. In early stages they don’t look different, but in later stages they may staffer, or may foam at the mouth. It doesn’t take much exposure to catch the disease, and it is almost always fatal unless treated immediately with a series of shots.
We had the case of a young girl here in Wisconsin exposed when she found a bat on the floor of her church at choir practice. She picked it up and carried it outside. In so doing, the bat scratched her; but she didn’t think anything about it. She fell sick several weeks later and was saved by a doctor with an experimental treatment. She lost a year of school and had to be retrained to walk and talk. She’s in college now (or has just graduated) and wants to become a vet. Unfortunately, the treatment that saved her is yet to be replicated in anyone else. The patients all died.
She is a miracle.
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