breaking news

Schools, newspapers, businesses receive emailed bomb threats

Rabid beaver attacks father, daughter on kayak trip


A father and his daughter were attacked Sunday by a rabid beaver while they were kayaking along a creek in Pennsylvania, officials said.

>> Read more trending news 

Dan Wherley, his 7-year-old daughter, Layla, and their dog, Ellie May, were on Conewago Creek kayaking when he saw a beaver next to his kayak, WPMT reported.

"I looked, and it was a beaver scratching at it, and I thought, 'Wow, that's pretty cool -- a beaver came up to us,” Wherley told WPMT. “It wouldn't stop, so I used my paddle tried to hit it to get it away, and it just wouldn't stop, wouldn't stop. I hit him with (the paddle) a lot, but once I knew he wasn't stopping, I pulled it in half and was holding it like this and hitting him with the metal part. I figured that would do more.”

The beaver gave up and started after the kayak Layla was paddling. Wherley jumped out of his vessel and got to his daughter’s kayak at the same time as the crazed beaver. 

“I had to punch it to get it off because I didn’t have anything with me,” Wherley told WPMT.

Eventually, Wherley got to shore and killed the beaver, which Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said Thursday was rabid after conducting tests on it. 

No one was bitten but Wherley is getting rabies shots as a precaution. Although frightened, Layla told WPMT she may one day go kayaking again. 

During the fight, Ellie May sat in the bushes hiding.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Nation & World

Read: Maria Butina’s plea agreement with the federal prosecutors
Read: Maria Butina’s plea agreement with the federal prosecutors

Maria Butina, the Russian woman who used her interest in gun rights and her connections with members of the Republican Party to try to gain influence in the highest reaches of the U.S. government, reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors Thursday to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as a Russian agent in the U.S. Part of that deal includes...
Southwest flight returns to Seattle after human heart left aboard plane
Southwest flight returns to Seattle after human heart left aboard plane

A Southwest flight bound for Dallas returned to Seattle when airline officials realized a human heart was left on board.  >> Read more trending news  The “life-critical cargo shipment” intended for a Seattle, hospital was supposed to be removed from the plane’s previous flight Dec. 9, KTVT reported. “We...
Trump reportedly spending 16 days in Mar-a-Lago for Christmas, New Years 
Trump reportedly spending 16 days in Mar-a-Lago for Christmas, New Years 

President Donald Trump may be spending 16 days at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort over the holidays. >> Read more trending news  The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that according to a temporary flight restriction issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday, Trump could be in the area from Dec. 21 to Jan....
Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies by suicide
Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies by suicide

A Detroit news station is mourning the loss of one of its meteorologists. WJBK reported that one of its own, Jessica Starr, died of suicide Wednesday night. She was 35, according to The Detroit News, citing public records. >> Read more trending news  “Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life...
VitaminWater offers $100,000 to ditch phone for 1 year
VitaminWater offers $100,000 to ditch phone for 1 year

Would you leave your phone behind for a year to win big money? VitaminWater is challenging smartphone users to break their device addiction. For $100,000, officials with the company are asking people at least 18 years or older and residing in the United States to trade their smartphones in for a 2000s-era, calls-only phone. If you survive...
More Stories