Yes. This has finally happened.
The cute and cuddly forest creatures vegetarians adore so much have finally turned against the veggie eating, meat hating homo-sapiens.
Rachel Borch, 21, was on a jog in Maine on what she described as a beautiful day.
The anti-meat chick’s warm afternoon was about to get rocked by a rabid raccoon, though.
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.
Suddenly, it began “bounding” toward her, Borch recalled Wednesday afternoon during an interview at her home on Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope.
“I knew instantly it had to be rabid,” said Borch, who remembers ripping out her headphones and dropping her phone on the ground.
What felt like a split second later, the furry animal was at her feet. Borch said she was “dancing around it,” trying to figure out what to do.
Borch: “Imagine the Tasmanian devil,” she said. “It was terrifying.”
The furry crazed creature began ‘lunging’ at her, but Borch had no room to escape the little ‘devil’ due to the narrowness of the path.
Rachel realized she was going to be bitten, so she decided to fight the four-legged creature.
Figuring she would have the greatest ability to defend herself if she used her hands to hold it down, she decided that probably would be the best place for the aggressive animal to latch on.
The raccoon sank its teeth into Borch’s thumb and “wouldn’t let go.” Its paws were scratching her arms and legs wildly as Borch screamed and cried.
Noticing a puddle next to her, she had an idea.
“I didn’t think I could strangle [the raccoon] with my bare hands,” explained Borch. “With my thumb in its mouth, I just pushed its head down into the muck.”
“It was still struggling and clawing at my arms. It wouldn’t let go of my thumb,” she said. But finally, “its arms sort of of fell to the side, its chest still heaving really slowly.”
“If there hadn’t been water on the ground, I don’t know what I would have done,” she said later. “It really was just dumb luck. I’ve never killed an animal with my bare hands. I’m a vegetarian. It was self-defense.”
Hyperventilating and in hysterics, she pulled her thumb out of the raccoon’s mouth, “and then I just bolted as fast as I could through the underbrush,” she said.
Borch remembers looking back once to see if the raccoon had started chasing her again.
“It felt like [Stephen King’s] ‘Pet Sematary,’” she said.
Borch ran three-quarters of a mile screaming the whole way.
She was thinking, “Oh, God, what if I just start foaming at the mouth and can’t find my way back?”
Finding her parents, Borch’s mother raced her to the nearby medical center for treatment.
Her father went back to the trail to collect the raccoon corpse and shoved it into a ‘Taste of the Wild’ dog food bag.
That little tidbit of info will make you wonder if this is a hoax.
Any ways, the Maine Center for Disease Control confirmed on Wednesday the ‘coon really was rabid.
Animal Control issued statements that there were probably more rabies infested raccoons roaming about the trails.
Who knew the zombie apocalypse would begin with raccoons, right?
“Not to scare people,” Hope Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood said, but “when there’s one [infected], there’s typically another.”
Blood also pointed out that rabies infections are ‘100% fatal’ if untreated.
Borch, after her encounter, doesn’t really have advice for anyone who might go through the same she did.
“I always thought of raccoons as this cute, cuddly forest animal,” she said. “I just will never look at them the same way.”
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