A nine-year-old boy was bitten by a gray fox at the Chiricahua National Monument in late March.
The boy was transported to Tucson Medical Center for treatment in case he was exposed to rabies.
Arizona Game and Fish said April 5 via Twitter that lab tests confirmed the fox was rabid.
Lab tests confirm fox that bit child in Chiricahuas rabid. https://t.co/BGiE7EZavh
— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) April 5, 2018
According to a media release, the boy and his mother had just gotten out of their car at a monument pull out when he was bitten on the left calf by the fox, which reportedly was acting aggressively before the attack.
Arizona Game and Fish remind the public to avoid contact with wildlife acting erratically, or dead.
You can report any activity to (623)236-7201 at any time of day.
Boy, age 9, bitten by gray fox at Chiricahua National Monument today, en route to TMC treatment. Possibly exposed to rabies. Fox acted aggressively before attack. @azgfdTucson on-scene. Avoid contact w/wildlife acting erratically, or dead, report ASAP to 623-236-7201 24&7. pic.twitter.com/1Z942eV1HG
— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) March 28, 2018