Terrifying surveillance footage exhibits the moment when a woman in upstate New York is attacked by a rabid fox twice in her personal yard.
The unidentified woman is a cousin of CBS 21 News meteorologist Ed Russo, who reviews from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
‘A cousin of mine was attacked by a rabid fox in Ithaca, NY. She’s OK. But geez this video is loopy!,’ the weatherman tweeted on Tuesday.
The video was first shared on Facebook by the sufferer’s husband, Paul Russo, on Sunday. It has been taken down, as of Wednesday afternoon.
‘My spouse was attacked by a rabid fox this previous July,’ he wrote on-line. ‘Our good friend edited the safety digital camera footage and made this academic video for us to submit to alert everybody that this will occur to anybody.’
The assault, which occurred on July 25 at 2:30pm, begins when the woman leaves her dwelling by its entrance door to speak on her telephone.
An unidentified woman residing in Ithaca, New York, was attacked by a fox with rabies in July whereas out in her yard on a telephone name. She was bitten and scratched on her legs and arms whereas making an attempt to get the animal off of her
At one level, the woman even managed to make the fox flip after grabbing it by its tail
And whereas she stands in her entrance yard engaged in dialog, the fox sneaks up behind her and savagely bites her leg.
The woman then scrambles round in circles, lifting one foot above the opposite, in an try and get the fox off her leg.
At one level, she appears so unfazed by the rabid animal that she decides to select it up together with her arms earlier than slamming it on the bottom.
The fox, nevertheless, doesn’t maintain again and begins leaping on the woman earlier than she takes a few steps again and kicks it.
The fox is nonetheless relentless in its pursuit of the woman and comes again to assault however the woman surprisingly grabs it in full swing earlier than stepping into circles.
She then tries to throw the fox far-off, however it appears as if the animal is biting her hand, prompting her to scream. The woman finally flings the fox off of her. One of her footwear additionally goes flying, video exhibits.
The persistent fox then seems to be charging on the sufferer as soon as extra earlier than a person with a stick steps in and makes an attempt to whack the animal. The woman, although, manages to kick the fox yet one more time because it vies to chunk into her unfastened shoe.
The animal then backflips and lands on its again, earlier than fleeing away after the person with the stick threatens it from up shut.
WOMAN VS FOX: The fox was relentless in its assault, aggressively pursuing the woman a number of instances earlier than her neighbor stepped in with a stick
The sufferer managed to kick the fox one final time earlier than it was frightened away when her neighbor, who had a stick in his arms, got here up near it
It was finally killed after attacking one other individual within the space, in response to the New York Post. The fox was then taken to a laboratory at Cornell University, the place it was confirmed that it had rabies.
The woman, however, got here out of the assault with massive bites and scratches to her arms and legs, The Post reported.
‘It was a phenomenal animal and I did not need to harm it,’ the woman is quoted within the footage of her assault with the fox. ‘Unfortunately, I had no selection however to battle again, as a result of I could not get away. I thank God my neighbor confirmed up.’
Rabies is brought about by a virus that invades the central nervous system and is normally deadly in animals and people. It’s mostly unfold by a chunk from an infected animal, with most U.S. infections in recent times traced to bat encounters.
Infection may cause insomnia, nervousness, confusion, paralysis, salivating, hallucinations, problem swallowing and worry of water.
Death can happen solely a few weeks after signs start. But it may be prevented by a sequence of 5 photographs given inside two weeks of publicity.
An estimated 60,000 Americans are handled every year after attainable publicity to rabies, the CDC says. Five Americans died of rabies final year — the most important quantity in a decade — and well being officers stated that a few of the folks didn’t understand that they had been infected or refused life-saving photographs.
There have been no rabies deaths reported in 2019 or 2020. The final time 5 U.S. rabies deaths have been reported in a single year was 2011, CDC officers stated.