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Raccoon That Attacked Elmwood Park Boy Tests Positive For Rabies

The raccoon that attacked a 6-year-old Elmwood Park boy walking to school Wednesday tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon that attacked a 6-year-old Elmwood Park boy walking to school Wednesday tested positive for rabies. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — A raccoon that attacked a 6-year-old Aryan Gavali of Elmwood Park boy walking to school on Wednesday morning tested positive for rabies, WABC reported.

The Gavali family released the test results to Eyewitness News on Friday morning, WABC said.

Gavali's mother was walking him to Sixteenth Avenue Elementary School when a large raccoon came running across the street, jumped on his back and began biting and scratching his face, Police Chief Michael Foligno told Daily Voice.

A neighbor — hearing the mother's screams— ran out, grabbed a painter's pole and knocked the raccoon off the child before beating it to death on the ground, Foligno said.

Gavali was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with deep cuts, lacerations and bite marks on his face, the chief said.

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