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Fox bites girl at church preschool

Posted June 23, 2009

— A fox bit a 4-year-old girl attending preschool at a Durham church on Wednesday morning, police said.

Officers responded to an animal bite call at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Chapel Hill Road, at about 9:45 a.m. and found that a fox had bitten a girl at the church's preschool on the leg. Witnesses told police that the animal jumped a fence and chased the girl.

The fox was captured, and animal officers sent it to a lab for rabies testing.

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


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  • bluecharger Jun 23, 2009

    "Fox bites girl at church preschool".....i knew if they kept Bill O'Reilly around this was gonna happen

  • mystica131 Jun 23, 2009

    My husband was not bitten, thank God! But the fox ran straight for him. He tried to shuffle to the side and the fox turned and came that way, too. I kept thinking there must be some kind of reporting process to track rabid animals or notify people in the neighborhood, but apparently Wake County has no such program.

  • BeachBum08 Jun 23, 2009

    I just cant believe wake county would be so careless with a fox or any other strange acting animal especially this time of year!Thursday will mar the 2 year anniversary of my NIGHTMARE with a rabid fox and i still can see everything happening in my head! but the one i came encountered with, animal control said in 20 minutes he would have been dead anyways bc of the rabie! thats how far gone he was!

  • batcave Jun 23, 2009

    The fox is rabid, off with its head ,send it to the lab.

  • BeachBum08 Jun 23, 2009

    mystica- did your husband get the rabies vaccinations???? That is aweful! I am sorry you had to go thru that!

  • mystica131 Jun 23, 2009

    Whatever you do, don't bother calling anyone in Wake County if you have animal issues. A fox was in our driveway a few weeks back. After my husband called the police and animal control and was shuffled around and told, "That's not my problem," the fox attacked him and he had to kill it. We tried to report it in case others in the neighborhood had had issues or been bitten and were told to just dispose of it. No one cared.

  • BeachBum08 Jun 23, 2009

    landshark- a NORMAL fox does not come out during the day nor does it come around people!!!!! see if animal control will set up a trap or set your own.

  • BeachBum08 Jun 23, 2009

    shots are painless and are given in the arm! oh i had to have 3 shots in my thighs before the actialy rabies shots! Rabies is not something you take lightly ESPECIALLY this time of the year!! If you even suspect something strange going on with an animal SHOOT it OR call your local animal control! But if you shoot it in the head they may not be able to test for rabies, unless it is already in the late stages. Make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies shots! And if you think there is a possibility you have come in contact with a rabid animal go to your local health department!

  • haggis basher Jun 23, 2009

    "Got GUNS...???"
    Great! all we had to worry about the odd rabid fox...now we have armed Hom*sapiens to dodge as well........

  • concerncitizen Jun 23, 2009

    Coach K is still GREAT, we had a similar problem on a Cary street. The city said not to worry. I am still concerned why a fox would spend so much time so close to people?