Rabid Fox Bites Golfer - Dennis Kincaid was chipping onto the green at hole 17 of the Granada Farms Country Club Golf Course on River Drive May 11 when it happened.
"I had my head down," the 76-year-old Hickory man said. "[The fox] clamped down on my leg and wouldn't turn loose...I couldn’t throw it off and I couldn’t knock it off and I hollered for help."
His golfing buddies came running, swinging golf clubs at the fox - and his leg - over and over.
"One of the guys finally hit him in the back of the head and killed him. I’d say it wrestled with him for probably two minutes," Kincaid marveled.
He and his friends had the presence of mind to bring the dead animal with them to urgent care.
Animal control sent the carcass off to Raleigh for testing immediately, and got word back Friday that the animal was, in fact, rabid. The fox is the third confirmed report of rabies in Caldwell County this year.
"If you see abnormal behavior out of wildlife, especially wildlife, please let us know so that we can go apprehend the fox or wildlife or whatever," Caldwell County Animal Control Field Supervisor Shanon Foster said.
Kincaid began the series of rabies shots Friday. He also hit the golf course again -bandages and all.
Rabid Fox Bites Golfer