Rabid Beaver Attacks Father and Daughter

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

A father and his daughter had planned to enjoy a nice day kayaking with their dog. But a rabid beaver turned that trip into a nightmare. 

According to CBS News, Dan Wherley and his 7-year-old daughter Layla were kayaking last Sunday when things took an ugly turn. A large beaver attacked their kayak and wouldn't stop, even after the father hit it over and over again with a paddle. 

Wherley says he, Layla and their dog were on the creek by their Pennsylvania house when he felt something grab his kayak. It turned out to be a big "crazy beaver," he said.

"It kept trying to bite and get into the kayak after me. I kept beating it with the paddle, this went on for a few minutes. It wouldn't give up," Wherley wrote on a Facebook post. His photos show a beaver biting an oar.  

"Finally it swam to the opposite side of the creek and turned and saw Layla on her kayak who is now 30 yards in front of me. It takes off straight after her. I yell at her to get to the shore, I jump out of my kayak to help," the father described in his Facebook post. He says the beaver made it to Layla's kayak and started to climb onto the back. "(S)he was screaming bloody murder," he wrote.

The beaver just wouldn't give up. Wherley says he punched the animal and it fell into the water, but then it started lunging back at him. "I was punching, kicking and trying to get away from it. I ran to the bank with Layla and it followed me still trying to attack us," he wrote. 

The beaver attack continued on land. Wherley says he struck the beaver with rocks, but it wouldn't stop. "After about five more big rocks to the head it swam away a little bit, then came right back. I grabbed a big stick and smacked it on the head five times as hard as I could and the last hit crushed its skull."

Wherley says he's just glad the beaver didn't bite him or his daughter. "Our sissy bloodhound hid safely in the weeds far away during all of this."

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