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Man forced to kill raccoon after being attacked while taking selfie with the animal

By Mason White 11:33 AM December 8, 2014
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man’s selfie addiction turned deadly when he was attacked by a friendly-looking raccoon.

The 21-year-old college football player decided to take a selfie with a raccoon, but things went wrong when he was bit by it.

Jack Gangwish was driving near Lincoln, Nebraska, on Wednesday night, when he spotted what he believed was a “soft and friendly animal” at the side of a road.

The University of Nebraska football player pulled over to the side of the road and got out of his van to take a photo with the animal.

However, the raccoon had other plans. After taking the selfie with the animal, it bit the 21-year-old man in the leg.

Gangwish, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds, was forced to kill the animal with a wrench so it can be tested for diseases.

He then took to social media and wrote: “I got bit by a raccoon. It just looked so soft and friendly I couldn’t help it!” He tweeted his message alongside the selfie and a photo of his injury.

The raccoon was taken for testing. Gangwish later said that he had not contracted rabies from the animal.

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