Watch: Rabid Raccoons Attack in Two Separate Incidents

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

A woman posted video footage of her grabbing and holding one aggressive animal

This YouTube video starts out with the written warning, “Do not try this at home.” Hopefully, you’ll never have the need to wrestle a rabid raccoon. But one woman had to do just that to protect the children with her, and it was all caught on video.

The woman, who posted on her YouTube page, Casting with Kasen, wrote, “I was in the woods the other day when a raccoon attacked me. I managed to scruff and toss him, but he came right back. I couldn’t chance letting go a second time and the raccoon attack the kids who came to see what was wrong.”

In the video, you see the raccoon charge at the woman, who managed to grab it by the scruff of the neck and control it. She tells the children to hand her clothing so she can cover its face.

She wrote, “The raccoon heard me talking on the phone and tracked me down. Raccoons with rabies can and will attack humans without being provoked. With that being said, the raccoon was humanely euthanized and turned over to the health department.”

The woman, who obviously knew how to handle the angry raccoon, says she’s “a huge animal lover” who has rescued and rehabbed a number of wild animals. But “unfortunately this raccoon wasn’t running at me to make friends.”

Remarkably, she managed to avoid getting bitten by the raccoon, so she did not have to receive rabies preventive shots.

In another incident caught on film, a raccoon likely suffering from rabies attacked a North Carolina man, who is now undergoing rabies preventive treatment.

Jeremy Huskey told WCNC that the raccoon entered their garage and clawed at his partner’s leg. 

“A raccoon came running into the garage and he was caught off guard. He tried to shoo it away and it clawed,” Huskey said. “It then chased after him to the front door and started banging its head into the glass. We were concerned because we’ve never seen anything like that happen here and it was in broad daylight.”

Their home security system caught footage of the raccoon chasing the man into his home. You can then see the raccoon trying to come through the glass door.

Huskey, who lives in the Fort Mill community, said they are worried they’ll have another run-in with the raccoon, which has not been located. 

“We have a pitchfork by the backdoor, and a rake by this door. It is a little scary when you come outside,” he said.

Several communities near Charlotte have issued warnings about wild animals. Three fox-bite incidents have occurred in Union County. The town of Huntersville is also warning about a rabid fox that exposed a person and two dogs to the disease.

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