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Woman, 74, Hospitalized After Being Mauled by Pack of Raccoons

Monday, October 05, 2009

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 74-year-old Lakeland woman was hospitalized after being mauled by a pack of raccoons she tried to shoo from her yard.

Gretchen Whitted fell when five raccoons surrounded and attacked, suffering extensive cuts from her neck to her legs.

"We're not talking about a lot of little bites here," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "She was filleted."

A neighbor called for help after hearing the woman's cries and seeing her covered in blood.

Whitted received dozens of staples and sutures and was treated for rabies, though officials doubt the animals were infected.

Fire crews flooded nearby drains where some of the animals escaped, but none turned up. Animal Control officers hope to catch them in traps baited with wet cat food and sardines.

VERY SAD, but isn't there something just a little funny/creepy/weird about being mauled by RACCOONS?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Oct. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (8)
  • Reminds me of Catwoman when Michelle Pfeiffer falls out the window and all the cats attack her - gross!

    Answer by mompam at 4:35 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Definitely creepy. *shudder* Reminds me of the movie "The Birds".

    Answer by mancosmomma at 4:22 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Very odd and very sad. I hope she's okay.

    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 4:38 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • I believe it! Raccoons are mean little shits!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:22 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • That is very weird and creepy, poor lady... :(

    Answer by agentwanda at 6:51 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • I believe it. Where we live there are large, wild raccoons, the males of which would weigh upwards of 40 pounds, and they have long, sharp teeth and claws. I wouldn't want to tangle with one or more of them. They kill cats and small dogs, and even big dogs are scared of them. Poor lady, I bet she won't be watching "Rocky Raccoon" anytime soon! LOL!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • And people think raccoons are cute, adorable little animals. Sheesh!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:00 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Good thing she has that pesky socialist Medicare to pay for her care.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:21 AM on Oct. 6, 2009