PENDER COUNTY -- An animal control officer is recovering on Friday after a deadly battle with a rabid fox.
Pender County officer Russell Lanier says he was setting traps for an aggressive fox when the animal came up behind and bit him on both legs.
Lanier explains that he fell to the ground and then the animal tried to bite him in the face. He added that there wasn't much time to think, but he started fighting back.
"No, I didn't punch him in the face, he has too many teeth. I punched him in the face and in the heart so that it would kill him," said Pender County Officer Russell Lanier
Officials say on average they run into animals with rabies every 40 to 50 days.
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