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93-year-old man bitten by fox: 'I don't blame the animal'

Posted July 29, 2015

— A 93-year-old Raleigh man says he was bitten by an 'aggressive fox' Sunday afternoon while sitting on the front porch of his home, just off Six Forks Road.

Harry Goodman thought the small animal was just passing through, but he said the relationship changed quickly.

"He comes up here and comes on my porch after me," Goodman said. "I wasn't out in my yard, I was up here, sitting still...minding my own business."

Goodman said the grey fox bit through his shoe and into his foot.

"Something looked good about that shoe, I guess," he said.

While the cut on his foot is small, the treatment is extensive.

Goodman said he had to have two shots in his hips, and one in his arm to prevent possible rabies.

On Monday, a construction worker killed an aggressive fox in the 300 block of Westridge Drive, that then tested positive for rabies.

"The two locations are about a half-mile apart. It is not possible to determine if the fox killed on Monday is the same one involved in the Sunday incident," Raleigh police said

"I don't blame the animal," Goodman said. "He was doing what he thought was right. You know, we are invading their territory. This was animal territory."

Residents with animal concerns are urged to contact city officials at (919) 831-6311.


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  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jul 30, 2015
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    I hope Mr. Goodman recovers from his painful experience quickly. Poor fox with rabies had no control of his senses; I'm sure he's dead by now even if it's a different one than was killed nearby. I wish everyone respected animals and had the common sense that Mr. Goodman has!

  • James McFetridge Jul 30, 2015
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    Normal behavior for a fox during broad daylight is to bed down. If on the move, it will try to hide from people and other animals. Rabid behavior is an animal walking around in strange territory in broad daylight, usually disoriented, because the disease affects its central nervous system. Treating for rabies was the right thing to do. And no, to address another comment, a fresh litter of pups nearby is highly unlikely.

  • Janet Scott Jul 30, 2015
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    This man is amazing!! Thank you, sir, for your comments about this fox!!

  • Sue Sloan Jul 30, 2015
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    Smart man!! Wish his flower of "common sense" bloomed in everyone's garden!!

  • Jason Starcommand Jul 30, 2015
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    If it was a red fox he would probably say, "You big dummy!"

  • Rover Lesley Jul 30, 2015
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    He doesn't blame the fox, but does the fox blame him? What the fox say?

  • Heather Brittingham Jul 30, 2015
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    Or had rabies...

  • Walter Smirth Jul 30, 2015
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    Love the Harry Goodman's response...he may be old but his opinions matter.

  • Kim Plucker Jul 30, 2015
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    It most likely had just birthed some pups near by.

  • Jason Starcommand Jul 30, 2015
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    Good man. I bet he has some stories to tell of his youth.