Scouts Stone Rabid Beaver to Death
Scoutmaster bitten 6 times in river attack
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2012 12:01 AM CDT
Turned out it was not a nice beaver.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If they handed out merit badges for bravery during a beaver attack, the boys of Troop 32 would be first in line. One of the leaders of the upstate New York troop was swimming in the Delaware River when he was attacked by the rabid animal. "It came through my legs and attached itself to my chest," he tells the Poughkeepsie Journal. "I thought it was a giant carp fish." He was bitten six times as he tried to fight the beaver off. He eventually managed to grab it by the jaw and bring it to shore, where Scouts stoned it to death as their leader lay injured.

"We started throwing rocks at it. We could see it was still dangerous," one teen says. "We threw like 20-pound rocks on it. It took a while to die," another Scout tells the New York Daily News. Health officials confirmed that the 45-pound beaver was rabid. The Scout leader was treated for multiple puncture wounds and has received more than 20 rabies shots. "I’m still a bit sore, but it could have been worse,” he says. “I’m just glad none of the boys were hurt."

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Aug 14, 2012 12:57 PM CDT
I'm waiting for someone with a grudge against the Scouts to say that they should have let the beaver bite them rather than kill it.
Aug 14, 2012 11:10 AM CDT
I never thought of being bitten by something that can chew through trees, but now here is this new, horrifying thing to consider...
Aug 14, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
Why do you think the beaver is Canada's symbol. First off, beaver is loved, by men and women. Second, piss off a beaver and it will fuck you up big time. Third, they are damn good home builders, not home wreckers.