Foxes Keep Attacking 88-year-old Man, “I wish I knew why” he says

When a gray fox raced towards Norman Kenney outside his home in Main, the 88-year-old stomped it to death.

Then, last Friday evening after closing the garage door Kenney heard a mew sound, and thinking it was a cat his cat he said, “Come on April, let’s go.”

Except, it wasn’t his cat. It was his fox… and it charged at him, biting his face and hands, sending him tumbling backwards into the driveway.

So what is it about Kenney that fills the common fox with rage?

“I wish I knew,” he explained to The Washington Post by phone on Tuesday, shortly after officials said the fox in last week’s attack tested positive for rabies.

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In this attack, the fox gave more fight than the other, he said. The former fire chief, a stout 200 pounds, wrestled the animal for at least 12 minutes, he said. Kenney had a folding cane, but it collapsed with each blow, eroding into a clunky weapon that only agitated the fox, which he estimated was about 30 pounds.

Kenney gave up the cane and grabbed the fox by his throat. His hands wandered for the shape of his windpipe and bared down. The fox struggled, and under Kenney’s thrashed hands, he felt pulsating blood under the coat.

Both the fox and Kenney were struggling to breathe. A neighbor, out for a jog, came upon the scene, Kenney said, and he advised the teenager to put his foot on the animal’s neck – similar to what Kenney himself did in his first attack.

He handed the teen his cellphone, dripping with blood that obscured the keypad, Kenney said, but the neighbor managed to call the police. Kenney was being loaded onto the ambulance when three shots from a police .22-caliber rifle rang out, he said. The fox was dead.

Officials have acknowledged that it was strange for a resident to be attacked by foxes in separate incidents.

If you ask Kenney, he will tell you that it’s probably because there’s a fox den near his home, surrounded by gardens and sheds where foxes hide and search for squirrels.

This all reminds me of this guy: