POLICE: Woman bitten by raccoon despite warnings of unusual animal behavior

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Police say a woman was bitten by a raccoon, less than a week after animal control officers warned people about a possible outbreak of rabies.

Greenville police say it happened last night on Oxford Road.

The woman, who police say reportedly feeds raccoons, saw two of them near her trash can Sunday night. She reached down to give them food and one of them bit her on the ankle, according to police.

Traps have been set out in an attempt to catch the raccoon and the woman was told to immediately seek medical attention.

On Thursday, Greenville Animal Protective Services put out a warning about recent unusual behavior from wild animals.

They say since the first of the month they have put to sleep four foxes and ten raccoons.

In several cases the animals, which are usually nocturnal, were seen in the middle of the day and appeared to be having seizures, walking around in circles, or displaying little or no fear of people.


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There is a warning about unusual behavior from wild animals in one Eastern Carolina city.

Greenville Animal Protective Services says since April 1st they have put to sleep four foxes and ten raccoons.

In several cases the animals, which are usually nocturnal, were seen in the middle of the day and appeared to be having seizures, walking around in circles, or displaying little or no fear of people.

While Animal Protective Services says there have been no confirmed reports of rabies, or human injuries, they warn the community about the possible risks of rabies. In North Carolina, suspicious animals are only tested for rabies if they come in contact with people or their pets.

The areas where the wild animals were found are:

• 1600 block of Sulgrave Road
• 1000 block of W. Greenville Boulevard
• 2100 block of Bloomsbury Road
• West Berkley and Field Street
• 100 block of E. Baywood Lane
• 2100 block of Camden Court
• 100 block of Greenwood Drive
• 100 block of W. Firetower Road
• 100 block of Briarwood Drive
• 2500 block of E. 5th Street
• 1200 block of Canterbury Road
• 200 block of Library Street
• 1600 block of Brook Hollow Drive
• 1900 block of Tattenham Court