Rabid fox bites 13-year-old on leg: 'I was punching it and stuff'

Rabid fox bites boy in leg, father helps fend it off

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — A rabid fox bit 13-year-old Cam Burris on the leg when he went to pick up some items out of a trailer at his family’s Cabarrus County home.

“I mean, I screamed and I was, like, back-pedaling while I was punching it and stuff,” Cam said.

His father came to the boy’s rescue at the home on Patience Drive. He hit the fox with a gas can filled with fuel and stunned it. He then killed it with a wooden board.

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The fox tested positive for rabies and officials think it’s the same one that bit their neighbor the day before.

Cam’s spirits are high, but he had to go through a lot of pain after the attack.

“I had to get those shots and that was the worst part because it made you super sore and super sick every night,” Cam said.

There have been two or three rabies cases in the area within the past couple of weeks.

There may be another one after a woman driving a vehicle picked up a fox on the side of the road and took it to the veterinarian.

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office is testing that fox for the disease.

“To me, it is really odd that a wild fox would let someone pick it up and put it in their vehicle,” Lt. David Taylor.

It will be a couple days before the test results are back for the fox that was taken to the vet’s office.

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