Fox bites Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera at Capitol Hill

Washington, DC: Capitol Hill has a fox problem. And that’s not the lead-in to a joke.
Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, D-California, learned firsthand Monday evening while walking to the Capitol for votes. Now he’s undergoing a series of four rabies shots out of an abundance of caution.
Bera said he felt something lunge at him from behind as he walked near one of the Senate office buildings. He turned and used his umbrella to fend off what he thought would be a small dog, but he soon realized he was tangling with a fox. 

Bera said the encounter lasted about 15 seconds. A bystander yelled to alert others and the fox fled as US Capitol Police officers ran up on the scene. A medical doctor, Bera looked for puncture wounds. He didn’t see evidence of any, but there was some abrasion, so he consulted the Capitol physician, who told him not to take any chances and to get treated.
He said he went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after votes for the first of a series of four shots. 

“I would say it’s the most unusual day on the Hill in 10 years,” Bera said of his experience.
Bera harbored no ill will toward the culprit. “Hopefully, the animal can be relocated,” he said. 

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