An 83-year-old woman was attacked by a rabid beaver in Fairfax County, Washington for nearly 20 minutes last week. The beaver first bit the woman's leg as she was leaving the waters of Lake Barcroft after a swim. A nearby co-worker rushed to her aid.
Lillian Peterson says she looked for a stick to gouge out the beaver's eyes while her co-worker angled his boat to get close to her. Eventually the beaver turned its attentions to the boat, forcing the man to beat it with an oar. The oar was broken in the process. The beaver appeared stunned but soon resumed attacking the pair. The man beat it with the paddle again and this time it appeared to be dead.
That is until paramedics arrived. That's when the animal sprang to life and began attacking yet again! One of the responding officers finally captured the beaver in a net and it was euthanized once animal control officers arrived on the scene.
Lillian Peterson is now undergoing treatment for rabies. It was the first such attack in the area in 12 years.
© C Harris Lynn, 2012