- The California Democrat had the first of a series of four shots at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Democrats are used to being attacked by Fox News, but not by the real thing. Until now. California Congressman Ami Bera had a rare encounter while at work on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 5. The Indian American, who represents portions of Sacramento County, was bitten by a fox, who also targeted eight others, according to NBC News. It later tested positive for rabies and was euthanized a day later.
Recalling the incident to KCRA 3 News, Bera, who represents portions of Sacramento County, said he felt something lunge at him from behind as he walked near one of the Senate office buildings. He turned and used his umbrella to fend off what he thought would be a small dog. “I thought I would have to shoo it away,” he said. “And [then] it’s like, that’s not a dog. That’s a fox.” Bera said the encounter lasted about 15 seconds before the Capitol Police officers arrived on the scene after being alerted by a bystander.
A medical doctor himself, Bera tweeted before confirmation of the fox having rabies that he would undergo a series of four rabies shots. He said he went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after House votes for the first of a series of four shots. “Even if it’s just a scratch, you don’t want to risk getting rabies,’” he told KCRA 3.
Earlier, NPR reported that the D.C. Department of Health said confirmed that there were nine bites by the adult female fox on Capitol Hill and that it had been humanely euthanized to ensure rabies testing could be done.
Bera joked about the attack tweeting: “What does the fox say? Last night, I found out…” He then urged anyone who is bitten by an animal to contact a physician immediately. “Happy to report that I am healthy and back at work serving the people of #CA07,” he added.
Capitol Police later tweeted images of the fox after it was captured. “We have received several reports of aggressive fox encounters on or near the grounds of the U.S. Capitol,” the tweet said. “ For your safety, please do not approach any foxes. Animal Control Officers are working to trap and relocate any foxes they find.”
Meanwhile, on April 5, Yahoo reporter Tom LoBianco posted a photo on his Twitter account of the fox outside Union Station.