Thursday, July 24, 2008

77-Year-Old Woman Fends Off Rabid Fox

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By The Associated Press

A 77-year-old grandmother is recovering at home after she pinned down a rabid fox that bit her and held it until help arrived.

Avis Blakeslee was attacked as she tended to her petunias outside her Stroudsburg farmhouse.

She said she pushed the animal to the ground after it bit her, and held its jaws shut with one arm as she flagged down a passing driver with the other.

Blakeslee lost a large amount of blood. She underwent surgery to clean out her seven leg wounds and arm wound, and spent four days in the hospital after the Monday attack.

Cory Bentzoni, a wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said tests confirmed that the fox was rabid.

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