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Raccoon bites 3-year-old girl in Austin, Minn.

A mother in Austin, Minn. stepped onto her porch Tuesday morning to find a raccoon biting her three-year-old daughter. The girl was treated at the hospital for four puncture wounds and scratches. Austin police say there's been a growing concern over sick raccoons in the city.
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A mother in Austin, Minn. stepped onto her porch Tuesday morning to find a raccoon biting her three-year-old daughter, the Post Bulletin reports.

The woman kicked the raccoon away and her husband shot and killed it. The girl was treated at the hospital for four puncture wounds and scratches.

Austin police say there's been a growing concern over sick raccoons in the city. The department received at least six complaints about the animals that were unafraid of humans or appeared unsteady on their feet.

Larry Dolphin, a naturalist at Hormel Nature Center, tells KAAL that raccoons are nocturnal and it's unusual to them out in the middle of the day.

The raccoon is being sent to the University of Minnesota for rabies testing, according to FOX47.

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