Michael Burgess decided to head down to his family's property in a wooded area in Jonesville Saturday afternoon where he encountered a fox.
"I just seen it coming out of the corner of my eye," he said. "I knew it wasn't normal, but it wasn't coming directly at me."
Burgess' immediate reaction was to try to scare it away.
"I kind of smacked my hands, but it didn't leave. It came at me," he said.
The former military member said he had been trained for any type of situation. He said the fox came at him for about 30 or 40 minutes scratching and biting him on his leg.
He said he then kicked it over and over again until he killed it.
"It wasn't a joke. It would not stop coming towards me. It was the quickest thing I have ever been in contact with," he said.
Burgess had to be brought to Spartanburg Regional Hospital for treatment and rabies shots.
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