Boy Attacked By Either ‘Fisher Cat’ Or Fox in Rehoboth

According to WPRI, a 12-year-old boy was attacked yesterday by a “fisher cat’’ or a fox in Rehoboth, Mass.

WPRI reported that Jane Foster, Rehoboth Animal Control Officer said, “The animal had bitten him and he had tried to get into the house. The boy slammed the door on it. The animal just wouldn’t let him go. Finally the animal let him go and the mother threw something I think she threw a hammer or something at him to get him away and we didn’t find the animal.’’

What is a fisher cat?

Well, the forest-dwelling creature looks like a dark brown weasel, not a feline, and it’s carnivorous.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a more detailed description of the fisher cat, which is the least cat-like animal of all time.

“The fisher, also known as the ‘fisher cat’, is a large, dark, long-haired member of the weasel family. Their stature is relatively low to the ground, with short legs, small ears and a well-furred tail. The color of their fur varies from dark brown to nearly black. Females and juveniles usually have a more uniform color, and males will have a blonde or grizzled appearance due to multi colored guard hairs around the neck, upper back and shoulders.’’

WCVB reported that the boy was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island and his condition is unknown.

Fisher cats are also know for their terrifying screaming sound. Listen to that here.

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