Foxes attack Moore County residents
Posted June 9, 2010 10:29 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2010 4:57 p.m. EDT
Aberdeen, N.C. — An 11-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man say they were attacked this week by foxes in southern Moore County.
The attacks happened near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Midway Road in Aberdeen.
Talon Thomas, 11, said he was bitten and scratched by the fox while walking home from school Tuesday.
“He bit me on my leg, and then I just picked him up, and I just hit his head against the road and he started kicking me in my head," he said.
Talon said he kept the fox pinned down and tried to keep him quiet so he wouldn't alert other foxes.
“He kept kicking his legs up and I thought his whole family was going to come after me,” he said.
Talon caught the fox and took him to his parents. The boy received a series of rabies shots as a precaution.
Moore County Animal Control officials said Thursday that the fox tested positive for rabies. Talon is expected to receive another round of shots.
A day before Talon's encounter, Taylor Dees, 22, also met up with a fox in the same Midway neighborhood.
“Within like 20 yards, I noticed a fox standing at the edge of the road,” Dees said.
Dees was riding his mountain bike when he said the fox came at him.
“I just like picked the bike up like pretty high and just slammed it right on top of the fox,” Dees recalled.
But Dees said the fox was not easily thwarted and continued to pursue him.
“It came at me again, this time, I hit it with the back end of the bike,” Dees said.
The fox then ran way. Dees said he was not injured.
Animal control officers said if you are bitten or exposed to a fox, wash the wound thoroughly with warm water and soap and seek medical attention immediately. Also, report any fox attacks to animal control.