Vermont Blind Girl Saves Friend From Rabid Raccoon


In Vermont, ten-year-old blind girl, Piper Rolfe, saved her friend, Irie, 11, when  she was attacked by a hissing raccoon in Kirby.

Irie Campbell and her five-year-old brother, Felix, were with their friend Piper playing outside of their home when the crazed raccoon appeared out of nowhere and started to bite and attack Irie.

Irie suffered six bites and got four stitches, but she managed to scare the raccoon off with the help of her friend and brother.

What did Irie do to try to stop the raccoon’s attack?

There was not much that Irie could do to slow down or halt the raccoon’s determined attack. She said:

So I put my hands up to my face like this. And then it grabs onto my thumb. I started to choke it with my left hand, and then it started to fall off and then it grabbed a hold of me right here. I started to choke it with both hands. Then it jumped up and got me on my hand, and now I have four stitches there.”

Irie Campbell had to get stitches where the raccoon bit her, and she will have to undergo a series of rabies shots. The raccoon ran off into the woods when Piper, who is legally blind, began hitting the animal with a stick.

If it was not for Piper’s bravery, the attack might have been worse. Piper, suffers from a degenerative visual disorder and is legally blind, but that didn’t stop her from helping out her friends.

I already had the stick. I don’t really know what I was thinking. I just thought to try to get it off Irie,”

Felix said he wanted to help out, too. He saw that Piper’s idea of hitting the raccoon with a stick was working, so he started to look for another stick to use:

When Piper was beating it with a stick, I was trying to find a big enough stick. There was this really big stick. But since it was really big, I was afraid to use it. And then I screamed, ‘Get away from my sister, raccoon!'”

After the raccoon ran off, Irie was taken to the hospital and was treated for her injuries and received shots to combat a possible rabies infection. According to the Humane Society, a raccoon that attacks unprovoked might be more likely to be infected with a virus.

Irie’s father Derek Campbell says he’s proud that his daughter is so tough.

Campbell said he’d witnessed Piper’s bravery before in other situations.

Piper is a little hero. She is a cool kid. I mean Piper is a tough kid. She is one that will just, I mean she will barrel down any run at the ski mountain.”

While the raccoon was never found, it is assumed that the animal was infected with rabies so Irie is getting anti-rabies shots.

In Vermont, Piper Rolfe, though blind, showed what it’s like to be a true friend when she helped save her friend, Irie Campbell, from a rabid raccoon.

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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