A Connecticut mother came to the rescue of her 5-year-old daughter after she was attacked by a raccoon on their porch, and the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.
The footage of the incident was captured Friday by the home security camera of Logan Kelsey MacNamara of Ashford, Connecticut.
MacNamara’s daughter, Rylee, stepped outside to wait for the bus to take her to school when footage shows a raccoon on the porch pounce and grab onto her leg. As her daughter screamed, MacNamara came out of the home and was able to get the raccoon off of her daughter.
MacNamara instructed her daughter to go back inside the house, yelling “it’s a rabid raccoon” before throwing it across her front yard and getting back inside the house. The animal then wandered around the home.
The footage of the incident was posted on MacNamara’s Facebook page, saying her daughter had requested it to “show everyone what the racoon did.”
“We are headed to get checked out for rabies following this unprovoked racoon attack. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this Brave girl!!” MacNamara wrote.
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MacNamara told Storyful they both suffered scratches, and her daughter had a puncture wound, but they were doing OK. She added Rylee wearing jeans may have helped prevent a more serious injury, and they will be getting rabies vaccines in the coming weeks.
Geoff Krukar, a wildlife biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, told Fox 61 the mother “behaved in a way that was very heroic.”
“I think she did everything correctly by avoiding getting bit and warning the neighbor to stay back and getting the child to safety,” he said.
Krukar added the raccoon appeared to be sick, but it isn’t known if it carried rabies. The department advises people to avoid interacting with raccoons because they can lose their fear of people. If a “problem racoon” is reported, a raccoon can’t be relocated because it may carry rabies, the department said.
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