Attacked while running, woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle


"I didn't think I could strangle it with my bare hands", she told the Bangor Daily News.

Borch said she "knew instantly it had to be rabid".

She couldn't avoid the raccoon, she told the newspaper; the trail was too narrow.

Suddenly, it began "bounding" toward her, Borch recalled Wednesday afternoon during an interview at her home on Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope.

What felt like a split second later, the furry animal was at her feet. She was terrified, she said. Borch then chose to bolt as fast as she could off the beaten path and through the thick forest to return home as quickly as possible. With adrenaline pumping, Borch suspended her disbelief. She says she knew the animal was going to bite her, so she held out her hands so it would bite her there.

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

Terror-stricken, 21-year-old Rachel Borch was screaming as the mad animal clawed and scratched her.

She couldn't find a way to release the raccoon's grip, and couldn't bring herself to attack it herself, so she stuck her hand into a nearby puddle until the animal drowned to death.

Borch, dragged the raccoon to the puddle and submerged it.

"With my thumb in its mouth, I just pushed its head down into the muck".

Noticing that her phone was fully submerged in the puddle, she made a decision to drown the raccoon belly-up in the small body of water. "It was still struggling and clawing at my arms and legs, (and) it wouldn't let go of my thumb". No more Guardians of the Galaxy movies for her.

Borch remembers looking back once to see if the raccoon had started chasing her again.

"It's the craziest thing", she said, laughing.

Kicking her shoes off because they were soaked, Borch ran the three-quarters of a mile home to her house.

"They did everything perfectly", Blood said.

"You just can't predict something like that", Borch said.

She ran home bleeding and crying - at one point ditching her soaked shoes so she could run faster - and her mother put her in the auto and took her to the hospital.