A beaver attack on Sunday morning at Lake Anna in Spotsylvania County has left two sisters seriously injured.
The girls were rushed to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center after the 65-pound animal bit both of them, leaving each with serious wounds to their leg.
It happened as the girls were swimming with other family members just before noon on Sunday.
Eight-year-old Annabella Radnovich and her 11-year-old sister, Alyssa, say they felt something scratch them and then the beaver attacked. Wendy Radnovich says the animal bit Alyssa first.
"She had felt something touch her leg and she thought it was one of her cousins messing with her. And she stopped and looked and pushed it off of her and started running out of the water," says Wendy.
Annabella thought someone was playing with her too, until she felt a scratch.
"It started swimming around me, and then I tried to get out again and it bit my leg," she says.
Annabella says she and everyone else ran out of the water. Her grandmother began to treat their wounds until an ambulance arrived.
Alyssa needed stitches and doctors were contemplating operating on Annabella.
"Because it went through the muscle tissue, they didn't want to do surgery," says Wendy. "The main concern is the infection and they're testing the beaver for rabies now."
Marine biologists say it is extremely rare for a beaver to attack a human, and when it does happen, the animal is usually rabid.
Wendy says the girls' uncle shot the beaver with a BB gun, killing and capturing it.
Even though the animal can't hurt anyone else, she is still concerned that there could be other rabid animals posing a threat to people at the lake.
Wendy says her kids won't be going back and Annabella is fine with that. It was a frightening experience she never wants to repeat.
"The pain was the most pain I've ever been through," Annabella says, "When I was in the ambulance truck, they said they've heard of a skunk bite, but not a beaver. Ever."
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