Maine raccoon drowned by the runner in a narrow encounter

A woman jog was cut short in a dramatic way when a raccoon attacked her, latching onto her skin and the refusal to bend until they drowned the animal.

Rachel Borch, 21, detailed the recent roller-coaster experience in a colorful interview with the Bangor Daily News.

She said that she was on a jog when she saw the cute animal on the road. But all of a sudden, the raccoon started, “bounding” in the direction of her on the narrow footpath, with his teeth.

Borch said she “knew immediately it had to be dolle.”

So what is the next step? They danced around, trying to figure out what to do, before she dropped her phone.


“Imagine that the Tasmanian devil,” she said, “it was horrible.”

Borch saw the path is too narrow to run past. Then she says, “I knew it was going to bite.”

Borch thought that they would have the greatest ability to defend themselves when they are with her hands, the newspaper continued. But before they knew it, the raccoon sank its teeth in her thumb and “would not let go.”

In the frenzy, she saw her phone had completely under the water in the puddle where they had dropped. Borch, not unhinge the raccoon from her finger, thought holding underwater might help. “I didn’t know that I could strangle [the raccoon] with my bare hands,” she recalled, but she was willing to try.

Borch dropped down on her knees and showed bite and frantically scratches raccoon in the pond.

“With my thumb in her mouth, I pushed his head down into the muck,” she said. “It was still struggling and clawing at my arms. It wouldn’t let go of my thumb.” Borch held the animal’s belly with her head underwater for what she said felt like an eternity, until it finally stopped struggling, and “the arms kind of fell to the side of her breast, still very slowly,” said the newspaper.

As soon as she was able to pull her thumb free, Borch, says she “just bolted as fast as I could through the underbrush,” hyperventilating and in hysterics. She had to look back to ensure that the raccoon is not still behind her.

“It felt like [Stephen King’s] ‘Pet Sematary,'” she recalled.

Once home, her mother immediately drove her to the hospital to get shots. Turned out a few days later that the animal tested positive for rabies.


Borch reportedly is set to receive one more shot this coming weekend.

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