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Fox Attacks NH Couple & Responding Officers

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File of a gray fox (Photo by Tim Ross/Wikipedia Commons)

File of a gray fox (Photo by Tim Ross/Wikipedia Commons)

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FREEMAN, N.H. (AP) — A gray fox believed to be rabid attacked an elderly New Hampshire couple and then turned on the officers who tried to assist them.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation officer Michael Eastman says the woman was walking her dog on Flintlock Road in Freeman at about 8 a.m. Friday when the fox attacked her and bit her on the leg.

Eastman said the woman’s husband came out of the house to help her and the fox latched onto his arm and wouldn’t let go.

The couple was able to call 911 and when officers arrived, the fox bit two of them before the officers shot it.

Eastman brought the carcass to state health facilities to be tested, but says the fox’s aggressive attack strongly suggests that it was rabid.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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