Attacked while running, woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle

  • Attacked while running, woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle

Attacked while running, woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle

But Rachel Borch, the ME hiker who was recently attacked by a rabid raccoon in the woods, had the presence of mind to fight savagery with savagery: When the terrifying critter's jaws wouldn't unclamp, she plunged her hand into a puddle, holding the raccoon's head underwater until it drowned.

In the midst of appreciating the weather and scenery, she looked ahead and noticed a raccoon obstructing the narrow foot path, baring its tiny teeth. When she was free from the beast, she ran home and asked her mom to call 9-1-1 while her father went to get the raccoon to stop another animal from walking away with it.

Borch said she "knew instantly it had to be rabid". The next, she was drowning the animal with her bare hands. In an instant she figured if it was going to bite her anywhere it should be her hands.

"Imagine the Tasmanian devil, it was terrifying", she told the Bangor Daily News.

With the raccoon's mouth still on Borch's thumb, she tried her might to push the raccoon's head down into the muck.

After her run in with the animal, Borch had to get rabies shots and was put on antibiotics for the bite wounds on her hands.

Borch, who is now recuperating, said she always thought of raccoons as cute, cuddly animals. Borch ripped out her earbuds and dropped her phone, which fell into a nearby puddle. Borch panicked. Then she remembered her phone that sank into the puddle. As she reached down, the raccoon sunk its teeth into Borch's thumb. "It was still struggling and clawing at my arms".

"It felt like [Stephen King's] 'Pet Sematary, '" she recalled.

Heidi Blood, the town's animal control officer, warned of other potentially rabid animals in the area. There's a technique to doing so, she says. The Maine Center for Disease Control confirmed that the raccoon tested positive for rabies, a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain. No more Guardians of the Galaxy movies for her.

Since the attack was made public, reporters from several news sites interviewed Rachel, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Runner's World, and Sports Illustrated.