A shocking video of a fox attack in New York surfaced online this week. The footage, which appears to have been captured by home security cameras and was time-stamped on July 25, shows a woman defending the animal as it repeatedly attacks her in the front yard of her home in Ithaca. does.
The soundless clip lasts about 45 seconds. In the beginning, the woman is standing near a driveway with a phone in her ear when the fox runs from behind and grabs her leg. The woman tries several times to kick and move the animal. A man then runs with a large stick, and as he approaches the fox, she runs away.
Ed Russo, a WHP-TV meteorologist affiliated with CBS Harrisburg, recently shared the video on social media, identifying the woman as his cousin. He said the fox was eventually caught and euthanized after testing positive for rabies.
“One of my cousins was attacked by a rabid fox in Ithaca, NY,” she said tweeted on Tuesday. “That’s good. But gosh, this video is crazy!”
A cousin of mine was attacked by a rabid fox in Ithaca, NY. He’s fine. But my goodness, this video is insane! pic.twitter.com/91aAHB6KME
— Ed Russo (@EdRussoWX) August 23, 2022
Rousseau shared the video on Facebook around the same time with a similar message. He later explained in the post’s comments section that the woman “seeked immediate medical attention” after the attack and was “treated appropriately.”
“He did everything right,” Rousseau wrote, repeating that his relative was “fine.” He said the fox that attacked him did the same to the other person shortly after the incident but was caught in time.
Rousseau did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foxes are one of several species that carry the most rabies in the United States, although they have fewer cases than other wildlife such as bats, raccoons, and skunks. Health agency guidelines state that overly aggressive behavior in one of these animals, or less commonly in a pet, can be a sign of rabies, but there are a variety of symptoms.
While the virus originates from animals, it can spread to humans through bites or scratches and infect the central nervous system. Rabies can be fatal if the disease reaches the brain, but it can usually be treated as long as treatment is given immediately after exposure. Health officials recommend vaccinating all pets against rabies to reduce the risk of spreading it.
The CDC tracked rabies cases and their geographic locations for several years and published annual reports beginning in 2018. At the time, data showed that foxes with rabies had been found in Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. However, at least one rabid fox has been reported in Ithaca. In 2018, a fox at Ithaca College who had bitten multiple people and pets tested positive for rabies, according to Ithaca Voice.
In a more well-known incident in Washington, DC last spring, a rabid fox was captured and euthanized after biting nine people on Capitol Hill.