Raccoon attacks South Jersey woman

August 14, 2008 12:57:51 PM PDT
75 year old Lucy Piccini was sitting near the stream behind her Toms River home last week when she was attacked by a possibly rabid raccoon." He got up here with his claws fighting me and he kept chewing, chewing on my thumb," she said. "He just wanted to get at me to eat me."

Piccini screamed for help but realized she would have to get rid of the animal herself or risk being further injured.

"I tried to get him off. He growled more, then God was with me I got ahold of his head up here. I pulled it back alittle bit, I put my hand on his throat and God was with me I took the teeth out of my thumb and threw him in the water," she told us.

The raccoon hasn't been seen since, but Lucy's injures required a 6 day hospital stay and surgery since the raccoon bit off the tip of her finger. She's also undergoing a series of rabies shots as a precaution.

Raccoons are nocturnal animals, usually not seen during the day unless they're ill.

To be on the safe side, local animal control officers are telling neighbors to keep their cats inside and their dogs on a leash.

In the meantime while Lucy recovers fromthe attack she says she's scared to go out in her yard, worried that the raccoon that attacked her might come back.

"Im not a very young woman, Piccini said, "That was too much for me!

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