Greenville woman attacked by raccoon on vacation

A Greenville woman’s beach vacation turned to terror when she was attacked by a rabid raccoon. Barbara Ard is still recovering after being attacked by the wild animal on the first night of her vacation on Hilton Head Island a few weeks ago. Ard said it happened around midnight inside the resort community of Shipyard Plantation. she took her car the first night when she felt an animal bite the back of her leg. She said she immediately started shaking it off of her, but she came back and bit the front of her leg. She was rushed to the hospital, where she ended up with 20 stitches. What really surprised Ard was that the attack was unprovoked. Now, she is warning others with her story. “I want the public to know that this can happen,” she said. “I’m thankful I didn’t get hurt any more than I was, but when you think about the damage to my leg, what that could have done to a child… or a pet. A pet wouldn’t have survived that.” , or an older person, would have been horrible.” Ard had to get rabies and tetanus shots, and she is still being treated at a wound center in Greenville. “I love animals. It’s also not fair for them to be in this situation,” she said. According to the latest report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there have been 54 reported cases of rabies so far this year in the state.

A Greenville woman’s beach vacation turned to terror when she was attacked by a rabid raccoon.

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Barbara Ard is still recovering after being attacked by the wild animal on the first night of her Hilton Head Island vacation a few weeks ago.

Ard said it happened around midnight inside the resort community of Shipyard Plantation.

“Hilton Head is a beach resort, and when you go to a place like that, you don’t expect something like that to happen,” Ard said.

Ard said he was unloading his car the first night when he felt an animal bite into the back of his leg.

She said she immediately started shaking her leg to get it off, but it came back and bit the front of her leg.

He rushed to the hospital, where he finished with 20 stitches.

What really surprised Ard was that the attack was unprovoked.

Now, she is warning others with her story.

“I want the public to know that this can happen,” he said. “I’m thankful I didn’t get hurt any more than I was, but when you think about the damage to my leg, what that could have done to a child… or a pet. A pet wouldn’t have survived that.” , or an older person, would have been horrible.”

Ard had to receive rabies and tetanus shots, and is still receiving treatment at a Greenville wound center.

He said he reported the attack to animal control hoping no one else would be hurt.

“I love animals. It’s also not fair for them to be in this situation,” she said.

According to the latest report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 54 cases of rabies have been reported so far this year in the state.

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