MOUNT PLEASANT — On Monday morning, Jeff and Christina Davis sat at the breakfast table in their Dunes West home. Through the window, they saw their 9-year-old neighbor Brody Padoll walking to the bus stop.
Behind him, a little red fox stalked.
The incident, full of screaming and excitement, ended with the fox biting Brody and Jeff Davis before being trapped in the Davis' computer room.
Test results confirmed Wednesday that the fox was rabid, health officials said, making it the 12th rabid animal in Charleston County in 2008. Last year, 26 rabid animals were confirmed in the county and 162 statewide.
Both bite victims will receive a regimen of preventive shots. Once the rabies virus reaches the brain, the disease is fatal to humans and animals.
When the fox started chasing Brody, Davis ran outside to help, he said. He hollered for Brody to run up the stairs and into their raised house. As Brody scrambled up the steps, the fox bit him on his calf.
About 20 minutes later, Davis went out on the balcony to look for the fox, fearing the animal might be rabid and would needed to be tested.
"This little sucker comes up and starts gnawing and snapping," he said.
"We slammed the door on the fox, but he wiggled his way inside," Christina Davis said.
Jeff Davis tried to kick the fox back outside and got bitten, he said.
"I got angry and picked it up and threw it in the office," he said.
There, the fox threw itself at the window, trashed the mail and chewed up the computer, before falling asleep on the dog bed.
Neither Jeff Davis nor Brody required stitches for their wounds, Christina Davis said. Brody's mother, Debbie Padoll said, "(Brody) did not cry, did not make a peep."
Debbie Padoll was at the Davis' house before the fox charged inside. Also at home were the Davis' daughters, ages 9 and 12, and another neighbor.
Sue Ferguson with state Department of Health and Environmental Control said, "Avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild."