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Sunday, June 18, 2017

In the midst of appreciating the weather and scenery, she looked ahead and noticed a raccoon obstructing the narrow foot path, baring its tiny teeth. Suddenly, it began "bounding" toward her, [Rachel] Borch recalled Wednesday afternoon during an interview at her home on Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope. "I knew instantly it had to be rabid," said Borch, who remembers ripping out her headphones and dropping her phone on the ground. What felt like a split second later, the furry animal was at her feet. Borch said she was "dancing around it," trying to figure out what to do. "Imagine the Tasmanian devil," she said.

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The reporter did some excellent work on this story.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-17 07:43 PM | Reply

Trumps toupee escaped?

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-06-17 07:59 PM | Reply

"I always thought of raccoons as this cute, cuddly forest animal," she said. "I just will never look at them the same way."

Ummmmm no. They're intelligent but vicious, nasty little -----.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-18 01:17 AM | Reply

This had to be very scary.

I've never heard of raccoons attacking humans before, although I know they can be vicious, nasty little -----.

It must have been the rabies.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-06-18 08:41 AM | Reply

Rabid animals are no joke. Rabies is not funny in an manner. It is much more common down south here. These animals are very sick and in a lot of pain. Best thing to do is to shoot them and insure they are buried deep. Almost every warm blooded animals is vulnerable. Most common carriers, bats and skunks. Nowadays the most dangerous carriers are feral pigs.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-18 11:54 PM | Reply

Nowadays the most dangerous carriers are feral pigs.

Interesting, I'm quite familiar with the scourge of feral pigs, do you have more information?

TPWD would appreciate it. tpwd.texas.gov

#6 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-19 01:51 AM | Reply

Different animals manifest rabies in different ways. In cattle it appears as a form of arthritis. Bats and skunks can carry the disease with no notifiable effect. Swine get aggressive, and will attack almost anything. Including cattle, especially caves. Check with Dept. of Agriculture insurance clams from ranchers. Usually listed as predator unknown, but swine kills are unique. They crush the large bones. Coyotes and wolves do not, not initially.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-06-19 09:40 AM | Reply

"Including cattle, especially caves."

Do they bite the caves on their calves?

#8 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-06-19 07:45 PM | Reply

Ok, I've been trying to keep my liberal yap shut, but I have to say taking a critter with hydrophobia and drowning it in a puddle is just cruel.

#9 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-19 08:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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