Monday, October 5, 2009

Florida Woman "Gang Attacked" by Raccoons

A 74-year old woman from Lakeland, FL is recovering after several raccoons "gang attacked" her. According to the sheriff, Gretchen Whitted was trying to shoo the animals away from her door when they attacked. Once she fell, the raccoons "enveloped" her, delivering bites and scratches literally from head to toe.

The sheriff noted he had never even heard of such a "gang attack" by raccoons. He asked the media to help spread the word in the region about the dangerous animals. Animal Control officers swarmed the area, placing traps throughout, but there is no way to know if the raccoons they capture are the same which attacked Ms. Whitted, so all neighborhood residents should steer clear of raccoons.

All raccoons captured will be destroyed to check for rabies. The gang's symbols are unknown, but their colors are black and gray.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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