CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Mother fends off raccoon that attacked her daughter

An animal control officer reported that a child was bitten by a raccoon in Ashford.
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 2:08 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2022 at 9:05 PM EST
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ASHFORD, Conn. (WFSB/Gray News) - An animal control officer reported that a child was bitten by a raccoon in Ashford, Connecticut.

Video of the incident was captured by a surveillance camera Friday morning.

“I was going out to get on the bus and a raccoon was there and tried to attack me,” said Rylee MacNamara of Ashford.

Rylee said she and her mother, Logan, suffered some bite marks before her mother was able to yank the animal off her. The raccoon ran off into the woods after she threw it off.

“It was wrapping its arms around my leg,” she explained. “It really hurt.”

(NO AUDIO) A girl was attacked by a raccoon in Ashford. The family gave Channel 3 video of the attack. (MacNamara family via WFSB)

The family reported that both the mother and the girl went to the doctor’s office to get checked out.

There’s no word yet on if the animal was rabid.

“I thought maybe she slammed her finger in the door. I definitely wasn’t expecting to see a raccoon wrapped around her leg,” Logan said.

The two went to the hospital, received rabies shots, and were back home in a couple of hours.

State police said they responded to the incident to assist the animal control officer.

Animal control spent Friday morning in the woods trying to track down the animal, but it was nowhere to be found.

The MacNamaras might take it into their own hands by setting traps around the house.

Rylee and Logan MacNamara will head back to the hospital every couple of days for the next two weeks to get more shots.

The MacNamaras also say their kids won’t be allowed outside alone in the near future.