I was attacked by a rabid fox after it pounced on my car – it was trying frantically to pull me out of the vehicle

A MAN who was attacked by a rabid fox has spoken out about the horrific experience.

The incident happened on August 1 when Derek Bobbitt got into his car.

Derek Bobbitt believed the fox hid under a shed before attacking him


Derek Bobbitt believed the fox hid under a shed before attacking himPhoto credit: WBDJ7

Bobbitt thought the fox was hiding under a shed.

“He was under this building and he snuck under the door and just jumped in the car and was absolutely frantic trying to pull me out of the car,” Bobbitt told the local CBS affiliate WDBJ.

“I’m fighting and screaming like crazy and eventually he let go of my right leg and then he ran back and grabbed my left leg and started pulling me back out of the car and finally managed to get rid of him,” Bobbitt continued .

Bobbitt received about 20 shots at a Virginia hospital after the attack.

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The fox was caught the next day.

The animal was euthanized and sent for examination, WDBJ reported.

“I received a certified letter from the health department in the mail saying I had been exposed to a rabid animal and needed immediate treatment, which I have already done and that’s about it,” Bobbitt said.

“Aside from the trauma of the whole situation, all is well.”

The New River Health Department said there have been two fox attacks since August 1.

Both animals involved tested positive for rabies.

“I never felt the pain from the bites; I guess it was more because my adrenaline was soaring. “It was more of a shock than anything,” Bobbitt said.

“Fight or flight mode… I didn’t feel anything; I was just trying to get rid of the damn fox from me.”


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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