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Rabid raccoon attacks Hingham woman in her bed

HINGHAM — Ginny Ballou woke up Wednesday morning in a panic: She felt sharp teeth sink into her lips and chin and a furry animal crouched on her head, but she could not see it. The 73-year-old jammed her thumbs inside the creature’s mouth to try to pry its jaws open, but its teeth just shredded her skin.

“Really and truly, I couldn’t do it,” Ballou said Thursday afternoon, seated on her couch in her living room, 10 angry black stitches tracking a 1½-inch long gash from her bottom lip to the middle of her chin. “I’m not too sure to this day how I did get the thing off of me.

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