A rabid skunk attacked a 5-month-old Minnesota boy on Thursday, biting him several times on the face and even "inside of his mouth," according to local police.


The attack happened at a day care in Little Falls, Minn., according to NBC affiliate station KARE-TV. The woman who owns the daycare turned her back on the child for a moment as he reclined in a bouncy-chair when she suddenly heard him yelp, then turned around to see a skunk walking away.

"The child had what looked to be bites and/or scratches all around its face, and one inside of his mouth," Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said. "He got bit a number of times. And it was an unusually large skunk, almost the size of probably a cocker spaniel."

The daycare owner's husband shot the skunk before it could get away, and lab results later showed the animal had rabies. At least five rabid skunks have been found in the county this year, KARE-TV noted.

This video is from KARE-TV, aired Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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