Five-Year-Old Boy Pins Rabid Fox, Protects Other Children

A five-year-old Cleveland County boy pinned a rabid fox to the ground for more than a minute, protecting six other children nearby and waiting for his stepfather's help.

Rayshun McDowell, who battled the animal in the front yard of his Kingstown home on Sunday during a family cookout, says he just wanted to protect his little brother.

The fox, which health officials labeled as rabid, bit Rayshun in the leg. But the 61-pound-boy held the animal to the ground.

Rayshun's stepfather, Ryan Thompson, pulled the boy off the animal and kicked it. He later used a stick to kill the animal.

Rayshun, meanwhile, only asked for a Band-Aid and didn't complain of any pain.

The boy is now undergoing treatment for rabies, as is a 6-year-old girl who had been attacked by a fox earlier that day at her home nearby.

Rabies, which attacks the nervous system, is fatal unless treated before symptoms appear. It is transmitted through saliva and often makes animals aggressive.


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