Tai Chi instructor Strangles Rabid Raccoon

Tai Chi instructor Strangles Rabid Raccoon

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with a raccoon attack from a legal perspective is liability. Raccoons aren’t always covered under a homeowners policy. And those that aren’t kept as pets usually don’t have assets.

This is where training in martial arts can supplement a lack of legal recourse.

Cas Overton, 75 year old volunteer at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Henrico County, VA, was forced to strangle a rabid raccoon after it lunged at her.

Overton was walking along at the botanical garden looking at birds when the rabid raccoon lunged at the inside of her leg, puncturing her skin and latching onto her pants.

She feared that if she threw the raccoon off of her it would chase her down and “shred” her. As a former Tai Chi instructor, the elderly woman pinned the raccoon down and strangled it. She said the raccoon stopped moving in about 5 minutes.

The volunteer ran a great length to seek help. The raccoon was collected and tested positive for rabies. After the attack, the woman was taken to the hospital to receive vaccinations to avoid contracting the illness and was treated for her minor injuries.

The elderly woman said, “I knew I was killing an animal, and I am an animal lover.” However, in that situation, she said she did what had to be done. She was torn that the animal had to be killed. Consequently she has been puzzled and surprised at the attention she’s been receiving since this event.


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