A young woman from Maine recently put a swift end to a raccoon attack after the rabid animal latched onto her thumb and began scratching her.
According to reports, Rachel Borch, 21, was jogging through an overgrown trail near her home in Hope, Maine, when a rabid raccoon rushed and started attacking her.
The animal began scratching and biting at her and at one point got a firm grip on her thumb.
Borch quickly realized she was going to have to hurt the animal in order to defend herself.
“Imagine the Tasmanian devil,” Borch said. “It was terrifying… I knew it was going to bite me,” she said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Aiming to have greater control over the animal, even if it meant being bitten, Borch reached out and held the raccoon to the ground. It subsequently bit her on her thumb, and was scratching furiously at her arms while Borch try to figure out what to do next. Borch soon looked over to where she had dropped her phone in a nearby puddle and a plan started to form.
“I didn’t think I could strangle it with my bare hands,” Borch stated, but figured if she could just get the creature to the water she may be able to drown it enough for it to release its grip on her thumb.
“With my thumb in its mouth, I just pushed its head down into the muck,” Borch commented. “It was still struggling and clawing at my arms. It wouldn’t let go of my thumb,” she continued.
Scared, Borch ran home, fearing that she had contracted rabies.
“It felt like ‘Pet Sematary’,’” she said.
Borch was later driven to the hospital and received treatment for her rabies bite. Her father later retrieved the dead raccoon and took it to Hope Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood, who confirmed that the animal did in fact have rabies.
“She was phenomenal,” Blood told WGME. “I don’t know if I would’ve been able to keep my composure and handle the situation the way she did.”
Borch deserves a pat on the back for keeping her cool and defending herself from that rabid animal.
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