Pennsylvania man fights and kills a rabid beaver who attacked him

Dan Wherley was kayaking at Conewago Creek, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Sunday when a rabid beaver attacked him and his daughter.

A man has defended himself and killed a rabid beaver who attacked him and his seven-year-old daughter while they were kayaking in a river.

Dan Wherley, his daughter Layla and their dog were kayaking at Conewago Creek, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Sunday when the deranged beaver attacked Wherley's kayak.

"I felt something was grabbing my kayak and I thought it was my dog, it was not like that, it was a big, crazy beaver, I keep trying to bite me and get into the kayak behind me," Wherley recalls in a Facebook post.

"I kept hitting him with the oar, this was one for a few minutes, he would not give up," he continued.

Dan Wherley was kayaking at Conewago Creek, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Sunday when a rabid beaver attacked him and his daughter.

Dan Wherley was kayaking at Conewago Creek, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Sunday when a rabid beaver attacked him and his daughter.

Wherley's daughter, Layla, and her hound are seen before the rabid beaver attack

Wherley's daughter, Layla, and her hound are seen before the rabid beaver attack

Wherley's daughter, Layla, and her hound are seen before the rabid beaver attack

The beaver attacked Wherley's paddle and kayak with unhinged fervor for several minutes

The beaver attacked Wherley's paddle and kayak with unhinged fervor for several minutes

The beaver attacked Wherley's paddle and kayak with unhinged fervor for several minutes

The beaver attacked Wherley's paddle and kayak with unhinged fervor for several minutes

The beaver attacked Wherley's paddle and kayak with unhinged fervor for several minutes

Finally, after striking the beaver repeatedly with his oar, the animal swam away and saw young Layla's kayak about 30 meters away.

& # 39; Take off directly towards her. I shout to him to go to the shore, I jump out of my kayak to help, "recalls Wherley." The beaver approached his kayak and started climbing up the back, he was screaming a bloody murder. "

Wherley, who had no weapons at hand, struck the creature out of control and threw it into the water.

Layla fled to the edge of the stream while the beaver shook violently in the water, lashing out at Wherley,

"I was hitting, kicking and trying to get away from that, I ran to the bank with Layla and she kept trying to attack us," Wherley said.

"I got a big rock and hit it on the head to draw blood, but it did not stop after about 5 bigger rocks in the head, it went away a little bit, then it came back".

Wherley hit the beaver's skull with a rock and a tree branch, eliminating the threat

Wherley hit the beaver's skull with a rock and a tree branch, eliminating the threat

Wherley hit the beaver's skull with a rock and a tree branch, eliminating the threat

Wherley called the game guards right away and handed them the dead beaver.

Wherley called the game guards right away and handed them the dead beaver.

Wherley called the game guards right away and handed them the dead beaver.

The powerful teeth of the beaver are seen after Wherley killed him to protect himself and protect his daughter

The powerful teeth of the beaver are seen after Wherley killed him to protect himself and protect his daughter

The powerful teeth of the beaver are seen after Wherley killed him to protect himself and protect his daughter

"I grabbed a big stick and hit it on the head 5 times stronger than I could and the last blow crushed his skull, I've never seen such a violent and persistent animal," he recalled.

Wherley contacted the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission, which responded to the scene and took over the dead animal.

Since Wherely had the beaver's blood on him, the game guards urged him to a rabies vaccination, a wise precaution, since later tests on the beaver revealed that it was positive for rabies.

Authorities said it was the first case of rabid beaver registered in Adams County.

"Layla is traumatized and probably will not be in the kayak soon," Wherly said. "I'm happy that he did not sting any of us."

Wherly's dog was unharmed in the attack.

"Our sissy hound hid safely among the weeds during all this," he said.

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