HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Authorities in Henrico are confirming their first positive case of rabies for 2015. Animal protection responded Saturday after reports of a raccoon attacking a woman in the 1800 block of Lakeside Avenue, at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The raccoon came out of the woods and attacked the victim, scratching and biting her leg. The victim was able to fight off the raccoon, which later died and tested positive for rabies.
"I was looking at birds up in a tree and when I looked down, it was in front of me and it was extremely aggressive. Grabbed a hold of my pant leg and bit me at the same time," Cas Overton said.
It was at that moment when the former Tai Chi instructor quickly grabbed the rabid animal.
"I was able to get a hold of it by the neck and I had to throttle it to death, it was horrible," Overton said.
It was happened in a section of the garden that is completely off the map, where a woman was bitten by a rabid raccoon. Park administrators say that it is important that people remember to be cautious when they come across wild animals.