Fox attacks woman

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

A Morriston woman is still hospitalized and undergoing surgery to repair her legs after a red fox attacked her on Friday morning, and her husband wounded her while trying to kill the animal.

Pat and Don Vrana of Southeast 186th Avenue were checking their yard on Friday morning after they spotted a suspicious animal when the female fox attacked them. Don Vrana was able to get away from the fox but he could not get the fox off his wife's leg.

She urged him to retrieve a 22-caliber rifle from their home to shoot the animal. Don Vrana fired seven shots, killing the fox that had attached itself to Pat Vrana's left leg, and in the process wounded his wife in the right leg.

When Levy County Emergency Medical Service paramedics arrived they had to pry the fox from Pat Vrana's leg before transporting her to the University of Florida Shands Hospital at Gainesville.

The only good news in the story is that the fox, which was sent to the state Bureau of Labs in Tampa, has tested negative for rabies.

Meanwhile, the story of "Fox attacks woman, husband shoots wife," has gone around the world bringing the elderly couple a lot of attention and for Don Vrana, a little discomfort.

Don Vrana said his wife was undergoing surgery Monday afternoon to correct injuries to her left leg caused by the fox. He said their daughter and her husband are helping him care for the family's two horses and other animals at their home.