Raccoons are strange little creatures.
On the one hand, they’re relatively cute, with their small striped tails and bandit-like black fur around their eyes. On the other hand, they are not nicknamed “Trash Pandas” for nothing.
Raccoons are native to almost every part of the United States, with the exception of some harsh desert climates, and can be found pretty much everywhere across the country, as far north as Canada and even Mexico. They were also introduced, whether intentionally or not, to parts of central Europe and Japan.
They are nocturnal creatures with an omnivorous diet and can usually be found snacking on a variety of insects, worms, fruits, nuts and the occasional small mammal or bird.
Interaction with humans is relatively common as more and more raccoons have made their way into urban and suburban areas, and of course finding them rummaging through your trash cans is fairly common.
That being said, raccoon attacks are very uncommon.
If you see a raccoon during the day, there’s a good chance it’s sick, particularly with rabies. Raccoons make up a fairly large proportion of rabid animals in the United States, and an aggressive raccoon is almost always ill, whether it’s rabies, canine distemper, or feline parvovirus.
This Ashford, Connecticut family learned this the hard way.
A young girl was on her porch early in the morning when a raccoon ran after her leg and held on to it while the girl screamed for her life.
The girl’s mother came out, grabbed the raccoon by the neck and threw it back into the yard.
The young girl wanted to share the video with the World Wide Web:
“At Rylee’s request, ‘Show everyone what the raccoon did,’ we are screened for rabies after this unprovoked raccoon attack. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this brave girl!”
Mom later clarified that they both got their rabies vaccinations at their local hospital shortly after the attack.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/12/03/mom-saves-young-daughter-from-rabid-raccoon-attack-in-connecticut/ Mom Saves Young Daughter From Rabid Raccoon Attack In Connecticut