Three people were attacked, in two separate incidents, along Pennypack Creek in Northeast Philly by a rabid beaver(s). On Wednesday, a couple was subjected to an unprovoked beaver attack while fishing. The wife was bitten on the leg. The husband was bitten on both arms and his chest (egad!). On Thursday, a child was bitten by a beaver (also along Pennypack Creek). Fortunately, a park ranger was nearby Thursday and killed the beaver, which tested positive for rabies. It is believed to be the same beaver responsible for Wednesday’s attack.
In April, a fisherman was attacked in Chester County by a rabid beaver. The man drowned the beaver but not before being bitten on the leg and hand in the process. It too tested positive for rabies.
During 2009 and 2010, no rabid beaver cases were reported in Pennsylvania.
I would suspect being bitten by a beaver is quite painful judging by the size of their teeth! Getting rabies shots is not exactly high on anyone’s fun meter either.
A word of caution; if you see any beavers – steer clear. If one moves toward you, run like hell!