Moment of terror: woman is attacked by a rabid fox that gnaws her legs before she is beaten with a stick

STUNNING footage reveals the shocking moment a wild fox appears from the desert before ambushing an unsuspecting woman from behind.

An older New York woman battles the angry animal who refuses to back down despite her desperate blows in savage surveillance video.

Shocking footage shows the moment a wild fox attacks a woman standing in her front yard

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Shocking footage shows the moment a wild fox attacks a woman standing in her front yardCredit: Twitter/EdRussoWX
Despite her struggle, the creature manages to hold onto her hand as she screams in pain.

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Despite her struggle, the creature manages to hold onto her hand as she screams in pain.Credit: Twitter/EdRussoWX
The fox finally fled when the woman's neighbor came to the scene holding a huge stick.

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The fox finally fled when the woman’s neighbor came to the scene holding a huge stick.Credit: Twitter/EdRussoWX

The horrific moment was shared by the victim’s husband on Facebook, who said the attack took place in Ithaca.

“It seemed like a normal day in beautiful downtown New York,” wrote Paul Russo of the dramatic video.

The beautiful day takes a shocking turn when a wild fox appears out of nowhere and trots directly towards a woman who appears to be standing peacefully on her front lawn.

The distracted lady doesn’t notice the animal until it latches onto her ankle, causing her to jump in fear.

A struggle ensues as she dances to try and throw the deranged creature off her legs.

After gaining some distance, the fox charges once more before taking a massive front kick to the face from the unidentified woman.

Not moving, the wild creature finally clings to his hand despite his continual attempts to scare it away.

The woman screams in pain and shakes off the persistent predator while her neighbor can be seen running into the yard with a huge stick.

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When the male neighbor arrives, the fox finally flees, leaving the woman limping inside twisted in pain.

“She was talking and screaming throughout the entire experience and never dropped the phone or missed the call,” reads the caption on the security footage.

Horrific footage after the attack shows the wife’s hand greatly swollen and dripping blood from mangled bite wounds.

The fox tried to attack someone else nearby after running away, the video says.

However, the wrong creature did not survive the second battle and its body was sent to Cornell University for examination.

According to the video, authorities confirmed that the fox had rabies when it terrorized the Ithaca community.

Despite the horrendous ordeal, the victim stated that he did not wish to harm the creature, but was shocked when he was unable to escape.

“He was a beautiful animal and I didn’t want to hurt him,” the video says.

“Unfortunately, I had no choice but to fight back, because I couldn’t escape. Thank God, my neighbor showed up.”

The video was later shared on Twitter by a man claiming to be his cousin. He said that she was treated immediately after the attack and is doing well.

It comes as drone footage captures the terrifying moment a triathlete is attacked by a 12-foot alligator, its jaws sinking into his head.

And another video shows a huge shark floundering in the water as a mother yelled at swimmers to get out.