She and her friend bolted toward her Oak Street home, and Nutting turned around to see the animal chasing after them. While her friend made it inside, the fox gripped Nutting’s ankle between its teeth. Nutting, who had been holding a watering-hose stick the size of a golf club, began beating the creature until it fled, she said.
Animal control officers were searching yesterday for the red fox that bit Nutting and a silver one they said was responsible for two other attacks in the same neighborhood on the city’s north side, animal control supervisor Thomas DeChellis said. A fox was caught in Nutting’s yard yesterday, but it was unclear if it was the fox that bit her. Many gray foxes also have a lot of red fur, and the same fox may be involved in all three incidents, said Marion Larson, a biologist with the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Animal control officers set up traps in several yards and were patrolling the area yesterday for the foxes, which they believed may have been guarding a den of pups, DeChellis said. The fox that was caught will be taken to a state lab in Jamaica Plain today to be tested for rabies, according to Councilor Christopher J. MacMillan.
The furry creature that dashed toward 9-year-old Isabel Robbins on Monday night from under a neighbor’s bushes looked like a big, gray cat, but it bit onto the lace of her inline skate and shook so hard that she screamed. Her mother, Jennifer Robbins, had been walking in front of her with her 3-year-old sister. She turned around and dragged Isabel down Martland Avenue as they both yelled for help.
Mary Seaver, 69, was not so lucky Wednesday. She said she also thought she saw a cat as she was spreading mulch underneath the bushes in her garden during the afternoon. Instead, a silver fox darted out from the brushes and latched unto her ankle. Seaver cried out, grabbing the animal by the scruff of its neck and prying its mouth open, she said. The fox scampered off.
Both Seaver and Nutting said they received rabies shots. They have bandaged ankles and are expected to recover quickly. Isabel Robbins said she does not want to play outside. Her family and others in the neighborhood have been rattled by the incidents.
And now add to that list Human Flesh. The beginning of this article sounds like the intro to an awesome Zombie 'B' Movie ... Simple Outdoor setting, old woman gardening, scratching, then 'GET IN THE HOUSE ... THE FOXES ARE ATTACKING!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!'
And of course, we witness the 'Rabies' theory ... Always easy to say Rabies, and not 'Animal Uprising 2012' wherein foxes have decided to try to end us humans early. And they're smart! They start with children and the elderly first ...
Once again, you've been warned ...