In Soviet Union, Fox Hunts YOU! With Newslink!

A Maryland Fox stops into a steak house for a bite.

“Fox Bouncer”…now there’s something you don’t seen on a resume every day, Chauncy.

Nah, in Soviet Union, fox is crazy about you!
See, because the saying is “crazy like a fox,” but these foxes, they like people…

Stop looking at me.

Yeesh. Poor fox. I bet it got put down because it bit someone.

“We report. You decide.” :smiley:

I would think they would observe it for symptoms. Perhaps they killed it because the person had already begun the injections.

From what I’ve read, most wild/feral animals in this instance are killed. If you’re a dog or cat owner and your unvaccinated pet bites someone, you’ll probably be lucky enough to get it quarantined, but regardless, the bitten human will start treatments shortly.

That is very abnormal behavior for a fox. The one that trotted past our house down the sidewalk was mostly nonchalant about humans if they didn’t get too close, and shied away if anyone did.

Mmmmmm…Salisbury steak.

The dog that bit me was observed and her life spared. I didn’t take injections as is standard procedure if the animal can be observed, but then I retain immunity from the last series. :slight_smile:

Absolutely, and a symptom of rabies. That’s why I would think they would observe it, although after some thought dissection would be easier and quicker when a human life is at stake.

Actually, dying from rabies is a pretty grim way to go whether one is vulpine or human. It may have been a less nasty way to go for the poor thing. I mean, to have it over with quickly. And to aggressively approach humans is the warning signs of rabies.

I believe this to be the first time I have been the Fighting Ignorance Poster Child twice in the same thread. :rolleyes:

Just going by my husband’s experience when he was bitten by a dog; he was taken to the hospital and rabies prophylaxis was started that day, even though the animal was known and being searched for. Considering the treatment method of the time (the old-school injection through the abdominal wall), he really would have waited if it had been presented as an option rather than The Thing To Do. (I suspect doctors/hospitals may vary in their practice on this matter.)

The suggested confinement period (10 days, IIRC) doesn’t offer much leeway with the 14 day window of bite-to-post-exposure-prophylaxis, which might also come into play if the animal is not immediately available, even if known.

I also suspect that many citizens would be greatly displeased if any biting animal that’s not a domestic pet (and not even with that caveat, in some cases) was allowed to live after such an attack, hence my suspicion that it would have been killed rather than quarantined and observed. A lovely wolf at the Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago was killed because it bit a woman who’d snuck into the enclosure and harassed it. Surely a zoo would have the facilities to quarantine, but that wasn’t their policy.

When I was a waiter at a resort hotel in Wyoming, we frequently had chipmunks dashing through the dining area and kitchen (fortunately not while the health inspector was present). Luckily the bison that approached the front door one day did not attempt to force his way inside.

Is rabies common in Maryland?

According to this map from the US Centers for Disease Control (via Wikipedia), yes it is. Foxes aren’t its primary vector, but then again, they also aren’t the most common species in any given area either.