Rabid beaver bites two girls Lake Anna

A stock photo of a beaver. (Photo: Cecil Sanders via Flickr)

LOUISA, Va. (AP) - Authorities say two young girls are recovering after being bitten by a rabid beaver while swimming in Lake Anna.

Louisa County Sheriff's Maj. Donald Lowe said Tuesday that the 11-year-old and eight-year-old sisters were attacked on Sunday near Sorbie Cove in Louisa.

The Spotsylvania County girls have since been released from the hospital. The Free Lance-Star reports that Lowe said somebody already had shot and killed the beaver by the time the authorities responded to the incident.

Police then turned the beaver over to the health department, which confirmed the animal had rabies. Both girls are receiving shots for rabies.

Virginia Department of Health officials say it's just the fourth time in the past decade that a beaver in Virginia has been confirmed to have rabies.