SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A California couple says they will never look at raccoons the same way again.
Patty Upsavs says she was taking her dog for a walk when a raccoon pounced.
“So I started swinging the dog around, trying to get it off,” Upsavs said. “Then I got another one on my other leg. And so at this point, I’m in the middle of the street, and I look up to see, ‘Where is my husband? How come he’s not helping?’ And I look and he’s throwing, raccoons are just jumping on him.”
Brian Wong says he used a golf club to bang on the garbage cans, which scared off the raccoons.
Upsavs suffered several bit wounds and scratches. Now, they have to undergo a series of anti-rabies treatments.
Wildlife experts say raccoon attacks are extremely rare and usually only occur if someone has been hand feeding them.