Open Post: Hosted By The 70-Year-Old Woman Who Put A Raccoon In A Headlock After It Attacked Her

December 12, 2021 / Posted by:

Christmas can be a pain in the ass. Putting up the decorations, navigating the Amazon “gifts for under $30” section from your couch, and battling Walmart customers to get the last ugly Christmas sweater for the mandatory office party are just part of the struggle. But these don’t hold a midnight mass candle to the unwelcome Christmas surprise Donna Sanginario received on December 1st. While putting up festive lights around the house, a rogue raccoon launched an attack on Donna, leading to a scuffle that left the 70-year-old woman with some bites and bruises and the raccoon with a life lesson: don’t mess with meemaws!

People details the harrowing tale of fur, Christmas lights, and headlocks:

“I really thought I was going to die,” said Massachusetts resident Donna Sanginario, per Boston news station WHDH.

In a post on Facebook, Sanginario detailed how the animal pounced on her as she was putting Christmas lights around her home on Dec. 1. The 70-year-old woman said the only warning she had before the attack was “strange noise coming from the street.”

“I turned around to see what the noise was and I was staring at a huge raccoon about 10 feet away,” Sanginario wrote in her post on Dec. 3. “Before I could do anything it jumped at me. Worst nightmare of my life. Both me and the raccoon were screaming so loud.”

The raccoon showed no signs of giving up during the struggle and persisted in biting Sanginario even as she managed to her arms around its head.

“As I was screaming for help he fell off my arm but jumped right back on me to continue to attack,” Sanginario continued. “After somehow tumbling to the ground I got him in a headlock and wouldn’t let go. As he was biting me I could hear bones breaking in his neck.”

Once the animal fell silent, Sanginario said she let go of it, only to see it get up and walk away.

In a follow-up post, Sanginario said she went to a local emergency room, where she received a series of shots for rabies and tetanus.

Here’s her Facebook post:

This woman deserves rabies AND whiskey shots for taking on a whole raccoon. Grandmas are nothing to mess with! My abuela is about 92 years old and still has it in her to slap my father on the back of his head when he says something stupid. Clearly, this raccoon didn’t grow up around meemaws. He’s lucky he got away with just a headlock and not a flurry of slaps with the back of a shoe. That’s when you know a grandma is coming for blood!

Pic: Wikimedia Commons

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