updated 8/10/2007 12:58:50 PM ET 2007-08-10T16:58:50

CHESHIRE, Conn. — A woman killed a raccoon with her bare hands when the animal attacked a young boy.

Officials with Cheshire animal control say the woman was walking in the woods around 11 a.m. Thursday with a group of children when the animal bit the 5-year-old son of a friend.

She pulled the raccoon off the child, told the children to run home and strangled the animal, authorities said.

"She had the presence of mind to choke it," animal control officer April Leiler told the Record-Journal of Meriden. "She is one tough lady."

Animal tested
The carcass was taken to a state laboratory in Hartford where it tested positive for rabies.

The woman and the boy are undergoing rabies treatment. Their names have not been released.

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