Woman Who Wrestles a Fox Gets Tested for Rabies: Part Two

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The fox did eventually let go of Watsons’s hand, so she grabbed it from around the neck, to try and keep it from biting her. She held it as it wiggled and tried to get away. 


“I wasn’t really thinking,” she said. “You don’t really think when that sort of thing happens to you. ‘Let me try to choke this fox and strangle it to death…’ that’s sort of what I ended up trying to do. It wouldn’t back down. It was just fighting so hard,” she said. 

She was able to stuff the fox into a pot at one point but it was mad and kept attempting to get out. Once the fox was secured as it were, she said, “The adrenaline started to wear off, and I lost it,” she said. “I was on the phone with 911 in tears.”

Game wardens trapped the fox and it was taken to Augusta, where it will be tested for rabies. Watson was able to leave the hospital by Thursday of last week. 

She feels lucky the whole thing went down the way it did and that she was the one to fight it off, and not her five-year-old son. The fox “was very live, and grimy, and bendy, and wiggly … it had blood all over,” Watson said. “Thinking back now, I don’t think I could have handled it any differently. It was intent on attacking. It’s not like alligator wrangling where you can position yourself to get the alligator a certain way. I’ve never had to wrestle a fox before.”

Way to go, Watson, way to go!

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