WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) – Animal control officials in Massachusetts say a skunk that attacked a 2-year-old girl in her grandmother's backyard was tested positive for rabies.
The child's grandmother, Betty Bennette, says the skunk On Monday night, Fatima clung to her granddaughter's leg near the back door of her Weymouth duplex.
The girl's mother picked up the girl and tried to shake off the animal.
Fatima also had scratches on her hands and legs as a bite on her leg. She was taken to the hospital where she received the first dose of rabies prevention treatment.
A firefighter who responded to the scene killed the skunk with a shovel.
The dead skunk was sent to a state lab that confirmed this rabies on Tuesday.