Onslow County Animal Services says a fox that had exposure to humans tested positive for rabies.
The fox attacked one child Saturday and is suspected of attacking another child in a separate incident in the Richlands’ area.
The fox was captured and sent to the state lab for testing.
Both children received treatment quickly and are expected to remain rabies free.
Officials say rabid animals usually attack when they’re unprovoked.
“It’s very uncommon that a raccoon, or rabbit, or a cow, or any of these mammals that get rabies is going to attack a person,” explained Dr. Paul Cook, Brody School of Medicine. “They’re usually not that type. Something that’s out of the ordinary could be a tip off that the animal has rabies.”
Make sure your pets vaccinated and keep your children away from stray animals.