Capitol Fox Euthanized

Photo by Martin Falbisoner

A red fox that was captured Tuesday and responsible for biting at least one journalist and a lawmaker has been euthanized, according to health officials in Washington, D.C.

In addition, three fox kits that were found at the adult fox’s den were also humanely euthanized.

“Since the mother tested positive for the rabies virus and the kits could have been exposed during grooming or other means, they were no longer able to be safely rehabilitated and were humanely euthanized,” a statement from the DC Department of Health said.

In an email to NPR, the department said Wednesday that there were nine confirmed bites by the adult female fox on Capitol Hill and that it had been “humanely euthanized” to ensure rabies testing could be done.

Read more at NPR


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