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Ohio family's pet raccoon bites off part of child's finger

By Cliff Pinckard • Apr 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM

GREEN TOWNSHIP — A family’s pet raccoon has been euthanized and is being tested for rabies after it bit off part of a 2-year-old’s finger.

WLWT Channel 5 reports the girl’s mother called 9-1-1 on Saturday to report her daughter, who has autism, was bitten while trying to pet the raccoon, which was kept in a cage.

“He’s in his cage. I didn’t realize ... he’s never attacked her before,” the mother said in the 911 call.

The family has rescued the raccoon when it was baby after it became stuck between the walls of the home and the mother abandoned it, WLWT reports.

The girl’s finger has been stitched back together, the family tells WLWT.

An official with the Hamilton County Public Health Department says it’s not a good idea to keep a raccoon as a pet, saying they are not domesticated and will not react the same as a dog or cat.

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