Animal control officers shoot beaver after frightening encounter

POSTED: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 12:04am

A rabid beaver jumped out of the water and chased children in Springfield, Virginia 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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