Another mauling that has people surprised pitted a child and her father against an escaped raccoon. Somehow the raccoon has acquired a cuddly image. But, as a biologist quoted in this news story notes, "Raccoon are vicious carnivores, and they're not afraid of people."
People are often surprised, too, to realize how big a coon can get. One that visited my patio stood on the ground and peered over the lip of a 30-gallon trash barrel. Another one, which my wife spotted beside the highway, was standing on its hind legs with its head just a few inches short of the speed limit sign beside it.
(Next: Back to the Man-Eaters.)