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Terrifying rabies-infested fox mauls woman who feared she’d be ‘eaten alive’

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A woman was left petrified to leave her house after she was attacked by a rabid fox in her garden as she thought it was going to be "eaten alive".

Retired nurse Sherri Russo was taking a call outside her Caroline house in New York, US, when she thought her neighbour's dog came attacking her, until she realised it was a crazed fox.

Shocking CCTV on July 25 shows the animal sprint towards her before repeatedly biting on her leg, while she desperately tries to kick and shake it free.

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During the 30-second frenzied attack, the grey fox sinks its teeth onto her leg and hand.

Luckily, a neighbour armed with a large stick comes to her aid and wards off the beast.

Sherri was rushed to hospital with 16 puncture wounds on her left leg and right hand and was given rabies vaccines and antibiotics to tackle the infection.

A member of a nearby veterinary college later confirmed that the fox was killed and it had tested positive for rabies.

Sherri recalled the ordeal and said: "I was so fearful that he was going to knock me over, he was going to attack my face and I was going to be eaten in my front yard.

"When I got the first nip on the outside of my leg, I actually thought it was our neighbour's dog.

"I lifted my leg and was getting ready to say 'hey, what are you doing?' and shoo him away but I looked down and I saw this grey fox.

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"Never in my wildest dreams did I realise there was a rabid fox [there]."

She was so shaken that she was unable to leave her house for a week, she thanked her neighbour for saving her life and is now urging people to be aware of their surroundings and animals in their community.

"Be aware of your surroundings – look around you," Sherri advised.

"The first thing I would have tried to do if I'd seen the fox was try to quietly back away, but if it hits and attacks you it's basically fight for your life."

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