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Old 06-05-13, 11:00 AM
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Attacked by a fox!

But not the kind I've always hoped for....

I'm watching TV when my eldest comes into the house and says a fox is attacking the trampoline. (BTW, we live in rural Texas with a large collection of wild animals running around the neighborhood.) So, I wander outside and there is a fox mauling his sandals. Weird. We have had foxes around the house for years and I have never seen one out before sundown.

No big deal. I'll just shoo it away. Clapping my hands and yelling "hey", both universal signals that annoy foxes and most other wildlife, I approach the fox expecting it to bolt. I'm at least more than 15 yards from the fox when it raises its head and then runs at me, snarling and growling as it approaches. Attired in shorts with bare feet, I'm not really dressed for defending against teeth and claws. This thought comes to me as I contemplate rabies.

Grab the neck? Grab the tail? Kick it? The teeth and claws concept negates those ideas. Got to do something so I end up deciding on a flat hand to the shoulder to deflect it. Looks like around 20 lbs. I make contact with the fox before it makes contact with me and it goes rolling off to the side. Great, now it will run off. Nope. It gets up and charges again. I thump it again. Surely the fox will leave. Nope. I get two more charges, I hit it two more times and I starting to think I will have to kill this thing but not quite sure the best way to do it and not sustain damage. Well, the fourth time is the charm and it retreats and attackes my sons sandals again.

So, I run inside ranting about foxes and shotguns while my wife is wondering what possible derangement syndrome I've been afflicted with. Shotgun in hand, I run into the back yard to see the fox a hundred yards away and leaving.

There was no food, no kits, not near a den, sun is still just above the horizon so my guess is rabies. Anyway, thought I'd share my "that was freakin' weird" moment.

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Old 06-05-13, 11:08 AM
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With behavior like that you have to wonder if it was rabid... We had foxes living in our backyard for many years, and they were fairly timid but not aggressive in the slightest.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 06-05-13, 11:11 AM
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Most likely rabid. If I read what you said correctly, you hit the fox with your hand? I would make a trip to the doctors just in case. Rabies are fatal.
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Old 06-05-13, 11:13 AM
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Call animal control? That does sound like strange behavior.
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
With behavior like that you have to wonder if it was rabid... We had foxes living in our backyard for many years, and they were fairly timid but not aggressive in the slightest.
Wonder?
I'd almost gurantee it.
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Old 06-05-13, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Will G View Post
So, I wander outside and there is a fox mauling his sandals.
My 3rd ex-wife had a thing for shoes and sandals... she was pretty aggressive too, but I never backhanded her.

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Call animal control?
OH... THAT kind of fox.
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Old 06-05-13, 01:06 PM
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Talked to my doc. He says no problem with no scrapes or bites. He also said foxes with litters are known to do that. He term was "meaner than a junk yard dog" which, assuming a smaller dog, fits the description quite well. But, yes, I did make firm contact with the fox with my hand 4 times.
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Old 06-05-13, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
With behavior like that you have to wonder if it was rabid... We had foxes living in our backyard for many years, and they were fairly timid but not aggressive in the slightest.
They are subject to rabies... I suggest you call animal control ASAP! and stay away!

Foxes tend to be quiet, solitude animals and will not attack humans or come out into the open unless they are sick. I can see a mother protecting her kits if you ventured onto her den but otherwise the behavior was strange enough you should worry.
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Old 06-05-13, 02:44 PM
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I was attacked once by a racoon, It was rabid. Animal control didn't have any difficulties to find it as it was attacking everything that was moving in the whole neigborhood.
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He was attacking sandals and a trampoline.

I say he was on bath salts.
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Old 06-05-13, 04:14 PM
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Old 06-05-13, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I was attacked once by a racoon, It was rabid. Animal control didn't have any difficulties to find it as it was attacking everything that was moving in the whole neigborhood.
I've seen a raccoon in fighting mode. Not something I'd want to deal with.

I didn't have to other than to call off the dogs. Both 105 lbs at that time and both had their shots including rabies.
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Surely there something very wrong with that fox you need to be careful of. I've had many encounters with them the nearest I got was kicking a stick around in front of me while the fox was playing with it. As for the dangers of rabies only two weeks ago a kid died from it after a miniscule scratch from a bat and rabies officially doesn't exist here.
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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
Surely there something very wrong with that fox you need to be careful of. I've had many encounters with them the nearest I got was kicking a stick around in front of me while the fox was playing with it. As for the dangers of rabies only two weeks ago a kid died from it after a miniscule scratch from a bat and rabies officially doesn't exist here.
Lyssavirus is closely related to rabies, but is not rabies.
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Now this, is a story I have never seen on BF before. Glad it worked out well. You sir, are worthy of a role along side Chuck Norris.
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If an animal has fur, it can carry rabies. My understanding of rabies is that there has to be transfer of animal blood / saliva to your blood, which usually implies being bitten. But I wouldn't take any chances. Get tested. Rabies is a pretty much guaranteed death sentence if you get it.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 06-06-13, 08:14 AM
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Now this, is a story I have never seen on BF before. Glad it worked out well. You sir, are worthy of a role along side Chuck Norris.
Chuck would have just stood there and let the fox bite him. It's teeth woudl have shatterd on contact and then it would have just sort of burnt up, like a bug in a bug zapper.
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Trap and BBQ. Problem solved.
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Fox news update: About a half mile away, a woman was attacked and sustained injuries from a fox about 45 minutes after my encounter. The fox suffered a fatal blunt force trama injury from a high speed shovel. The animal will be tested for rabies.
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That sucks! Wish you could have ended that fox with your boom stick.
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Fox news update: About a half mile away, a woman was attacked and sustained injuries from a fox about 45 minutes after my encounter. The fox suffered a fatal blunt force trama injury from a high speed shovel. The animal will be tested for rabies.
well lesson learned next time report bizarre behavior immediately so animal control can 1) look for the fox sooner and 2) put out a notice to residents to beware. If that fox has rabies that poor woman is in for some horrible treatment and pain.
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