Beaver attacks 67-year-old paddleboarder on Beaver Lake


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities are testing a beaver for rabies after it bit a woman on a paddleboard on Beaver Lake in North Carolina.

Betsy Bent told the Citizen-Times of Asheville (http://avlne.ws/29zq1RM ) that the beaver knocked her board over from underneath the water Friday, then latched on to her leg and wouldn’t let go.

The 67-year-old paddleboarder says a fisherman on the lake knocked the beaver off her twice, but it attacked again before letting her go. Bent needed stiches and rabies shots.

Asheville Police say an animal control officer caught the beaver the next day, and the animal is being tested for rabies.

Bent says she thinks it was just a bizarre incident and plans to go paddleboarding again.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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