COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Two elementary school students in Newton County were bitten by a fox while they were on a playground Wednesday morning, animal control officials said.

The fox came onto the playground at Rocky Plains Elementary School in Covington and bit two 6-year-old boys, Newton County Animal Control Director Teri Key-Hoosen said.

The children were first treated by a nurse and were then taken by their parents to the Newton County Medical Center. They were undergoing precautionary rabies treatments Wednesday afternoon, Key-Hoosen told WSB-TV.

About 50 kindergartners were on the playground at the time of the attack and a teacher was able to kick the fox to get the animals off of the students, Newton County schools spokeswoman Sherri Davis Viniard told the Covington News.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the fox was able to get onto the playground. Key-Hoosen said the animal retreated to the woods and a trap had been set for it Wednesday afternoon.

All outdoor activities were cancelled at the school about 35 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

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