The headline to this next story may seem funny (OK, so it really is) but anyone who’s ever fished out of a float tube knows that beavers can be really scary. And rabid beavers? Nothing says terror like a crazed, rabid beaver coming at you when you least expect it. Luckily, however, Boy Scouts are prepared for that, too.

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A rabid beaver that attacked a Boy Scout leader swimming in the Delaware River was killed after Scouts in the troop pelted it with rocks. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that 51-year-old Normand Brousseau, of Pine Plains, N.Y., was swimming in eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 2 when a beaver swam through his legs and bit him in the chest. “I thought it was a giant carp fish,” he told the paper.

According to the story, Brousseau managed to throw the enraged beaver off his chest, but it immediately came back, attacking Brousseau with those impressive choppers and inflicting bite marks all over his body. Brousseau managed to throw the beaver ashore, and that’s when the members of his Boy Scout Troop went all Old Testament on it, stoning the beaver to death with large rocks. Testing later confirmed the beaver was rabid, and Brousseau is now taking rabies shots. As for the members of his troop, I think they should get a special “Beaver Stoning” merit badge.