Rabid raccoon attacks woman on trail; she kills it with her hands and foot

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A 75-year-old woman fought off and killed a rabid raccoon that attacked her Saturday at a Virginia botanical garden.

The woman, Cass Overton, is a volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The raccoon ran out of the woods near the path where she was walking and began to scratch and claw her leg. When it began biting her leg, Overton grabbed the animal by its neck, threw it to the ground, and then put her knee on its neck until the raccoon stopped breathing. She called the front desk, and they called 911.

She said EMS officials responded quickly and got her to St. Mary’s for treatment. She is expected to be okay, but has received six shots so far, with several more to go. She said it’s more exhausting than painful.



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