17 Sep '12, 6pm

Northern Virginia seems to have a rabid beaver problem

Northern Virginia seems to have a rabid beaver problem

Rabid beavers are on the attack in Northern Virginia. A rabid beaver bit an 83-year-old woman swimming in Lake Barcroft on Sept. 3, and on Sept. 8, another rabid beaver lunged at a group of children on a nature trip at Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield. It was not the same beaver, as the one who bit the old woman was beaten with a piece of wood, trapped under a fishing net, and then euthanized. The beaver who attacked the kids did not actually succeed in biting anyone, and it was euthanized before he could realize the dream all rabid beavers share, which is sinking their disgusting teeth into a terrified and screaming human being. Officials aren’t worried that these attacks mean there’s a rabies epidemic in Northern Virginia — apparently, like death and taxes, rabid beavers are just a part of our world. There is, however, an epidemic of people saying dumb things abo...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/virginia-seems-to-have-a-rabid-beav...

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