Maine raccoon drowned by woman jogger in scary encounter

A woman’s jog was cut short in a dramatic route when a raccoon attacked her, latching onto her skin and refusing to budge until she drowned the animal.

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

She said she was on a jog when she spotted the cute animal on the path. But all of sudden, the raccoon started bounding toward her on the narrow foot track, baring its teeth.

Borch said she knew instantly it had to be rabid.

So what next? She danced around it, trying to figure out what to do — before she fell her phone.


Imagine the Tasmanian devil, she said, it was terrifying.

Borch watched the route was too narrow to run past it. By then, she says I knew it was going to bite me.

Borch figured she would have the greatest ability to defend herself if she used her hands to hold it down, the newspaper continued. But before she knew it, the raccoon sank its teeth into her thumb and wouldnt let go.

In the hysterium, she noticed her telephone had become fully submerged in the puddle where she had fell it. Borch, unable to unhinge the raccoon from her thumb, supposed holding it underwater might help. I didnt think I could strangle[ the raccoon] with my bare hands she recollected, but she was willing to try.

Borch dropped to her knees and dragged the stinging and madly scratching raccoon into the puddle.

With my thumb in its mouth, I simply pushed its head down into the muck, she said. It was still struggling and clawing at my arms. It wouldnt “lets get going” of my thumb. Borch held the animal belly-up with its head underwater for what she said felt like an eternity until eventually it stopped fighting and its arms sort of fell to the side, its chest still heaving really slowly according to the newspaper.

Once 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 make sure the raccoon wasnt still chasing her.

It felt like[ Stephen Kings] Pet Sematary, she recalled.

Once at home, her mom, immediately drove her to the hospital to get shots. It was disclosed a few days later that the animal tested positive for rabies.


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

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