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Bobcat that attacked Mass. man had rabies

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January 9, 2013 06:32 AM EST | AP


BROOKFIELD, Mass. — The bobcat that attacked a Massachusetts man and his nephew had rabies.

Wildlife officials suspected that the bobcat that attacked Roger Mundell Jr. on Sunday was rabid because of its unusually aggressive behavior.

After pouncing on Mundell, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back and holding him in what he described as a bear hug, the animal went outside and bit the 15-year-old boy.

Mundell shot and killed the bobcat.

He, his nephew and his wife _who was not bitten but got the animal's blood on her – have already started rabies treatments.

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