Woman in bed attacked by raccoon

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HINGHAM, Mass. - Police say a Massachusetts woman has been attacked by a wild raccoon in her own bed.

Hingham police Sgt. Stephen Dearth tells the Patriot Ledger newspaper the raccoon jumped on the 73-year-old woman's bed Wednesday morning when she tried to pet it, thinking it was her own cat. The raccoon apparently got in through a cat door to a back porch.

Dearth said the woman has non-lifethreatening injuries to her face and fingers and her cat wasn't hurt. The raccoon has been euthanized and is being tested for rabies.

Dearth said the woman chased the raccoon out of her bedroom, shut the door and called police at about 11 a.m. The officers found the raccoon still in the house, and a state environmental police officer trapped and removed it.

Police aren't releasing the woman's name.

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