Even animals seem edgy these days.
On Tuesday, one of the victims came forward: Democratic representative Ami Bera of California, who said he was bitten near the Russell Senate Office Building in an “unprovoked” strike. “I didn’t see it, and, all of a sudden, I felt something lunge at the back of my leg,” Bera told reporters. He then grabbed his umbrella and scared off his small assailant. Bystanders weren’t particularly helpful: “Someone was like, ‘Hey, a fox is attacking that guy,’” he said. The aggressor escaped arrest by the Capitol Police.
“I expect to get attacked if I go on Fox News. I don’t expect to get attacked by a fox,” Bera said cleverly. Although the bite didn’t break his skin, he got a round of rabies shots as a precaution.
By Tuesday afternoon, the fox hunt was over. Animal-control officers with the Capitol Police detained the suspect with the intent of relocation. Below are mug shots of the Hill’s most wanted: