Rabid raccoon drowned by quick-thinking woman after attack

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

Borch said she was attacked while out jogging on a narrow, wooded trail near her home in Hope, on the state's central coast. "I didn't think I could strangle [the raccoon] with my bare hands", she says. Once the raccoon noticed her, it apparently stormed toward Borch, who subsequently dropped her phone and headphones in a puddle.

The raccoon attacked and bit Borch, but she managed to confront the critter and head to the nearest hospital to seek treatment.

She screamed and cried out as the raccoon's paws scratched her arms and legs.

A ME woman learned the hard way that raccoons are not the adorable creatures she always believed them to be. "I knew it was going to bite me", she told BGN, so she preemptively latched onto it, her thumb ending up in its mouth. In 2016, a total of 66 rabid animals were documented in ME over course of the entire year; this year's count is already at 22, and the summer has just begun. After what she says felt like an eternity, the raccoon finally stopped the struggle, slowly relaxing and releasing her thumb from its mouth. Borch extended her hands toward the animal, the Press Herald reported. With adrenaline pumping, Borch suspended her disbelief.

Borch said she "knew instantly it had to be rabid".

Borch's mother drove her to Pen Bay Medical Center and Borch's father retrieved the dead raccoon and brought it to Maine Warden Service. "She was just absolutely instrumental".

It all happened so fast: one minute, a rabid raccoon was encircling Rachel Borch. The disease is quite common in most USA regions and, if one infected animal is spotted, most surely there are other creatures in the area infected as well.

"If there hadn't been water on the ground, I don't know what I would have done", Borch said.

"It really was just dumb luck".

I don't care how cute raccoons look, they are not a creature I want to get near because those little a-holes can apparently attack you.

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