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2nd person attacked by raccoon in Springfield
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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was attacked by a raccoon in Springfield Wednesday morning only days after a man was attacked by one in his Springfield garden on Sunday.

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A 75-year-old woman was walking along a path close to South Run Rec Center around 9:30 a.m. when she stopped to take a picture of the raccoon. The animal suddenly charged at her. The raccoon bit her on her leg, hands and forearms, according to Fairfax County Police Department. She was then taken to the hospital.

"It [the raccoon] went from sitting to walking to attack mode very quickly," Mary Zambrano with Fairfax County Animal Control said.

The raccoon was not captured and was last seen running into the park, officials said. Officers are still searching for the animal. The trail is currently closed.

Zambrano says there's a strong chance the animal has rabies.

Police do not know at this time whether or not the animal is rabid. Aggressive tendencies are often signs of rabies, officials added.

This incident comes after a rabid raccoon bit a man in his Springfield garden on Sunday. The raccoon quietly approached him from behind and bit him, causing a laceration that was nearly a foot long.

"He was gardening in the backyard and the raccoon came up behind him and bit him on the back of the leg. On the calf, and then on his hand when he was trying to get him off," Susan Leydan, the wife of the man who was bit by a raccoon said.

Animal control says they're not seeing a spike in rabies cases among animals, but the number of attacks against humans is abnormal.

Because the raccoon is still loose, officials could not give a timeline for reopening the trail.


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