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Published March 29, 2012, 04:01 PM

ND deputy kills muskrat after critter bites boy

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Ward County Sheriff's office says a deputy dispatched a muskrat after the creature bit a 9-year-old boy who had tried to help it.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Ward County Sheriff's office says a deputy dispatched a muskrat after the creature bit a 9-year-old boy who had tried to help it.

Authorities say the muskrat "appeared to be in distress" near a fence in Minot on Wednesday. Authorities say when the boy attempted to help the critter, it bit him on the hand.

The boy was taken to a Minot hospital for treatment. The muskrat was being tested for disease at the state laboratory in Bismarck.

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