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Rabid fox gnawed on woman’s leg, returned for seconds

In 2017, a rabid fox ‘brushed past’ a man’s leg before rushing to his wife and ‘aggressively gnawing on her leg,’ the Winston-Salem Journal reported at the time. The crazed critter soon returned for more.
In 2017, a rabid fox ‘brushed past’ a man’s leg before rushing to his wife and ‘aggressively gnawing on her leg,’ the Winston-Salem Journal reported at the time. The crazed critter soon returned for more. Charlotte Observer file photo

A rabid fox “brushed past” a man’s leg before rushing to his wife and “aggressively gnawing on her leg,” the Winston-Salem Journal reported on Thursday. The crazed critter soon returned for more.

The terrifying encounter happened at Todd and Crystal Edwards’ rural home in Advance, Davie County, on Sunday. Todd Edwards thought the animal was a cat – until he heard his wife’s screams. “My wife was hysterical,” he told the newspaper. “The fox had her by the leg.”

Edwards said he got the fox out of the house and it disappeared, but the unimaginable happened when the fox later dashed back and attacked her again.

“I’m still shell-shocked,” Crystal Edwards told the newspaper. The fox left three puncture wounds. “I’m on edge, sick to my stomach. Partly because of the treatment and partly because it was so traumatizing.”

Todd Edwards said he had never seen a fox on his land before but recently spotted fox cubs. “We know there’s more, we’ve seen the pups,” he said. “We’re watching our step.”

Foxes are now commonly seen during the day and in urban and suburban areas, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. They are usually no need for concern. But never try to approach or feed them or other wildlife. If the fox shows signs of rabies – such as aggression, stumbling or foaming at the mouth – call your local animal control.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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