Boy attacked by raccoon while walking to school, neighbor rushes to help

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Boy Attacked By Raccoon While Walking To School, Neighbor Rushes To Help

A typical walk to school for an Elmwood Park, New Jersey mother and her 6-year-old son became anything but on Wednesday when the boy was suddenly attacked by a raccoon.

The wild and potentially rabid animal sunk its teeth and claws into the child's face.

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As the mother began to scream for help, many in the area called 911.

Meanwhile, neighbor Dan Walls heard the noise outside his house and rushed to the boy's aid.

Walls threw the raccoon to the ground and then hit the animal with a stick until it was dead.

The 6-year-old was taken to the hospital and given 9 stitches.

Results of a rabies test performed on the raccoon are expected on Friday.

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