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NH Man Fights Off Fox With Cane

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV
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PORTSMOUTH, NH (CBS) – Henry Chomas was sitting on a stool in his garage with his prayer book when an unwanted guest meandered on in.

“He come walking in here,” recounts Chomas. “I thought it was a dog to begin with, but it wasn’t, he wanted to bite me.”

It was a fox, and it grabbed one of the 74-year-old man’s slippers right off of his foot.

“He wouldn’t stop, he kept grabbing it,” said Chomas. “And I’m beating on him, and he didn’t care.”

Henry used his handmade cane to fight the fox off.

As a Vietnam veteran, he has seen a lot worse than a feisty fox and says he was not scared at all.

“I just wanted him to give me my slipper back,” said Chomas.

After Henry fended off the fox with a couple more slugs of the cane, the animal made its way across the street of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire neighborhood and right into another garage, where a startled homeowner killed it with a 2×4.

“I kind of wonder if he just wasn’t hungry,” says Chomas. “I love animals, even him, I felt bad about that. There’s little children all over the neighborhood, can you imagine if he would have got one of them, he would have chewed him up.”

The incident happened in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday.

Portsmouth Police tell WBZ-TV they disposed of the dead animal once they arrived at the scene.

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