Woman strangles rabid raccoon, saves kids

Filed under: Just For Moms, Big Kids, Places To Go, Health & Safety: Babies

Again with the rabid animals attacking kids. And again, an unlikely hero saves the day. This time it was a raccoon attacking a 5-year-old boy as he walked in the woods of Chesire, Connecticut with a group of children. When the animal bit the boy, a woman who was accompanying the kids pulled it off the child and told the others kids to make a run for it. While they escaped, she single-handedly strangled the varmint and killed it good.

"She had the presence of mind to choke it," animal control officer April Leiler said. "She is one tough lady."

Animal control tested the carcass, which came back positive for rabies. The names of the victims of the rabid raccoon have not been released, but the woman and the boy are both undergoing treatment.

Hopefully, I will never have to find out how I would react in a similar situation. I would like to think that I would be brave and take charge of the safety of the kids like this woman did. But a part of me fears that instead, I would be screaming like a little girl and running away with the children.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.