Rabid Beaver Chases Kids in Virginia

Beaver tested positive for rabies after being shot

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    A rabid beaver jumped out of the water and chased children in Springfield on Saturday, just a little more than a week after another beaver attacked a woman while swimming.

    A rabid beaver jumped out of the water and chased children in Springfield on Saturday, just a little more than a week after another beaver attacked a woman while swimming.

    Authorities said the children were standing on a dock at the Hidden Pond Nature Center when the beaver jumped out of the duck-weed-covered pond onto the dock, lunging at a 4-year-old girl. The children scattered, but the beaver aggressively chased them, authorities said.

    The children had been attending a fishing event.

    An animal control officer was called to the scene, cleared the area and shot the beaver, which tested positive for rabies.

    Woman Attacked by Rabid Beaver in Northern Virginia

    [DC] Woman Attacked by Rabid Beaver in Northern Virginia
    Police say an 83-year-old woman was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in Lake Barcroft in Bailey's Crossroads around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    In the previous incident, an 83-year-old woman was attacked while swimming in Lake Barcroft.

    Fairfax County police said the two beaver incidents are rare.

    "I hadn't seen anything like this and to have two in a matter of days is highly unusual," said Lucy Caldwell, of Fairfax County police.