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Red fox terrorizes humans during US Capitol rampage


Being overwhelmed in Congress usually means losing a vote on an amended resolution or being too late for the donut line in the Senate cafeteria.

So spare a thought for politicians and staff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where police were scouring the grounds on Tuesday amid reports of a highly aggressive red fox trying to take pieces of humans, including a limb. of the Democratic Congress.

Officers warned they had received multiple reports of people being ‘attacked or bitten’ by at least one aggressive dog at the US Democracy Headquarters on Monday, in a statement first reported by none other than… FoxNews.

“One encounter took place at the Botanical Garden and a second on the side of the Capitol House, near the foundation of the building,” US Capitol police said.

“This morning USCP received a call about a fox approaching staff near First and C streets. This fox may have a den in the mulch bed area…and there is another possible den near the perimeter of the Russell building,” police said. noted.

Police said animal control officers are responding to incidents and “seeking to trap and relocate” any foxes they find.

“Foxes are wild animals that are very protective of their den and territory. Please do not approach any foxes you see,” police warned.

FILE – Rep. Ami Bera, D-California, speaks on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2021.

Online political magazine Punchbowl News reported that Representative Ami Bera had to be rescued by police on Monday night after he came across a fox that had just bitten him in an “unprovoked” attack.

“I didn’t see it, and all of a sudden I felt something rush at the back of my leg,” Bera, a doctor by profession, told Punchbowl. “I jumped up and took my umbrella.”

The 57-year-old Democrat was unharmed but “out of an abundance of caution” agreed to be vaccinated against rabies.

“I expect to be attacked if I go on Fox News, I don’t expect to be attacked by a fox,” he told Punchbowl.

Witnesses flooded social media with sightings, with several reporting seeing him munching on a squirrel or simply soaking up the sun in the Senate Gardens, his bloodlust seemingly sated.

‘Infestation’

Fifteen months after a violent mob stormed the Capitol to disrupt presidential election certification, one prankster has even called the continued animal threat an “insurgency.”

Inside the Capitol, reporters dropped the usual barrage of economic questions at lawmakers’ weekly press conferences in favor of breathless questioning about possible action against the four-legged menace.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ignored inquiries, but two-term Senator Joni Ernst was proud to report she spotted the animal, without revealing how the encounter was. close.

Red foxes — the most common of several North American species — are regularly found in cities and towns, but tend to avoid people, according to the city’s environmental department.

They typically eat insects, small birds, squirrels, and rabbits, and aren’t known for their predilection for bullied lawmakers or employees.

The species has thrived during the pandemic, according to wildlife experts in the nation’s capital.

“Less ambient noise, less traffic, less interference. … Life is better for them right now,” Bill McShea, wildlife ecologist at the Smithsonian National Zoo, told online magazine DCist.

“If there’s an upside to COVID, it’s on wildlife,” he said.

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