Rabid Beaver Chases Kids in Virginia

Beaver tested positive for rabies after being shot

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 PM EDT
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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.

Richard Jordan

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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