Video: Girl Screams as Wild Animal Latches on to Her Leg, Then Mom Comes Running and Sends Animal Flying

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The term “momma bear” exists because of stories like these: Times when moms go into protection mode and seem to have super strength when their little ones are threatened.

That can show up in a variety of ways when their children face danger, whether that danger is because of bullying, cars getting too close — or potentially rabid animals on the attack.

One mom from Canterbury, Connecticut, got an early morning wake-up call when she heard her daughter start screaming in terror after setting foot outside their house.

Rylee, the young girl, was heading to school at 7:45 a.m. on Friday morning when she was attacked by a wild raccoon. It grabbed her ankle and would not let go, even though she kept trying to kick it off.

Mom Kelsey MacNamara burst out the front door, spotted the offending creature, and immediately scruffed it — but it took some tugging to get it to let go of her daughter’s leg.

At one point, MacNamara was holding her daughter sideways, balancing her on her hip while holding the raccoon by the scruff in the other hand as she disentangled them.

“Go inside! Go inside!” she yelled to her daughter as she set her down and pushed the door open, while still trying to keep the scrabbling animal as far away from them both as possible.

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