Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Young Boy Struggles In His First Encounter With Beaver ~by Jester
Back in my day, young boys dreamed about their first encounter with beaver. Dads had talks with their son about it. (Something about the threshold of becoming a man.) Mothers warned their sons to be careful around beaver. Movies with Sharon Stone teased males with it. But actual encounters were hard to come by. Boy, have times changed. A recent headline revealed that a beaver had attacked a young child.
The Oklahoma State Health Department is is now testing a 60 lb beaver for rabies after an animal bit a young lad in Durant. The boy's leg was apparently gnawed on pretty bad. (A potential role reversal from what I originally thought from the headline.) This actual animal attack was no laughing matter. Fortunately, the boy was treated and released from a local hospital.
Now, even in my day, some boys liked the hunt. But the 60-pound beaver was too big for this 42-pound lad. And real life animal attacks are serious business. The good news is that rabies in beavers is rare. Now, in my day you could catch a lot of other things, but generally we had so little actual encounters, who would have possibly known for sure...