POMFRET, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people were attacked by a beaver on the Quinebaug River near the Pomfret/Killingly line.
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“It appeared to be one animal that bit and injured two people,” said Dennis Schain the Communications Director with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Karen Greb and Gahrett Bond were attacked Monday evening as they were standing in the river.
Greb wrote in this Facebook post:
“Beavers do attack. I was swimming in the Quinebaug River just standing there when something clamped down on my rib cage. I shoved my hand in its mouth to get it to release me and tore the ligament in my thumb.”
Her boyfriend Gahrett Bond jumped in to help her and that’s when the beaver attacked Bond latching onto his leg.
“We did nothing to this beaver. But they do attack viciously just be careful. This is truly what nightmares are made of.”
The couple ended up in the hospital with serious injuries.
“Both of them required them multiple stitches and we understand the woman who was attacked actually is going to need on surgery her hand. Depending on where you got bitten and how prolonged an attack was which is even rare to happen the injuries could be serious,” said Schain.
As a precaution, the couple is undergoing treatment for rabies.
“This attack was very unusual. Healthy beaver usually don’t go after people and beaver don’t often get infected with rabies,” said Schain.
DEEP officials did encounter a beaver with aggressive behavior, but have been unable to capture the animal.