Old Woman Attacked By Gang Of Raccoons, Seriously Injured

October 6, 2009

Florida (ChattahBox) – A 74-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital after she was seriously injured by a gang of raccoons.

The raccoons were allegedly hanging around the porch of Gretchen Whitted when the attack occurred. She had been attempting to shoo them away when several launched themselves at her body, knocking her down.

Once she was on the ground, the others attacked as well, biting and scratching her viciously. She was left with deep lacerations from her face to her chest, and across her legs.

“Not in all my years in Florida have I known of a gang attack by raccoons on an individual,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was quoted as saying.

The attack was certainly unusual, as raccoons are not known for being that violent, and certainly not violent in packs.

Neighbors who heard the screams came to her aid, chasing the raccoons off and calling an ambulance.

Animal Control have laid traps to catch the raccoons, but say they will have no way to knowing if they are the right ones, unless they are still covered in blood.



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