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Beaver Shot After Biting Swimmer

Posted August 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Sanford teen is spending the weekend getting rabies shots, after a beaver attacked him at Jordan Lake Friday.

The 15 year old was swimming when the beaver swam up beside him and bit him twice. The swimmer is OK. But park officials have shut down part of the lake. Parker Creek swimming area and seaforth beach are open. Ebenezer beach and the boat ramps are closed. They'll stay closed until officials determine they can be reopened.

The beaver was caught and shot Friday. Health officials are testing the animal for rabies.

If the beaver tests positive for rabies, that will make the 522nd case so far this year in North Carolina. That's compared to 414 cases at this time last year. And only 281 at the beginning of August 1995.

Health officials urge you to get your pets vaccinate