Connecticut mother saves daughter from raccoon attack


A mother came to the rescue of her 5-year-old daughter after the girl was attacked by a raccoon on their porch, and the whole incident was caught on CCTV.

The footage was captured Friday by the security camera of Logan Kelsey MacNamara’s home in Ashford, Connecticut.

MacNamara’s daughter, Rylee, is out to wait for the bus to take her to school when footage shows a raccoon on the porch leaping up and grabbing her leg. As her daughter screamed, MacNamara rushed in and managed to remove her daughter’s raccoon.

MacNamara instructed her daughter to run back inside the house, yelling “that’s a rabid raccoon” before throwing him into her front yard and running back into the house. The animal then wandered into the house.

The footage was posted on MacNamara’s Facebook page. MacNamara said her daughter asked for it to be posted to “show everyone what the raccoon has done.”

“We’re getting checked out for rabies from this unprovoked raccoon attack. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this brave girl!!” MacNamara wrote.

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MacNamara told Storyful that they both suffered from scratches and her daughter had a puncture wound, but they were fine. She added that Rylee’s jeans may have helped prevent a more serious injury and that both men will receive rabies shots in the coming weeks.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection praised MacNamara, saying she had done a “tremendous and heroic job.”

“She protected her daughter by removing the raccoon and bringing her in, notified the neighbor and, as we understand, contacted authorities, including local animal control,” the department said in a statement. at USA TODAY.

Officials added that it was not known if the animal had rabies, and while it is rare for raccoons to be outside during the day, the animal’s behavior cannot automatically be blamed on the disease. .

“However, the fact that the animal attacked a person, apparently without provocation, is a strong sign that the animal is not well. We should also warn that an incident like this is relatively rare,” said officials.

The department advises people to avoid interacting with raccoons as they can lose their fear of people, and people should try to move away from them if approached. If a “problematic raccoon” is reported, a raccoon cannot be moved because it may be a carrier of rabies, the department said.

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