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Alfred Morris on getting attacked by a raccoon

During Alfred Morris’s AMA session on Reddit, it was revealed that a raccoon once stole his sandal. 

“You go to FAU, you know about the raccoons,” Morris said when I asked him about the incident. “Them things is everywhere.

“We just came back from McDonald’s or something,” he continued. “During the summer it’s hard times and they had 49-cent cheeseburgers on Sundays. Anyway, we pulled up and saw a raccoon, and it was daylight so I was like, that thing is rabid.”

Morris got out of the car as the raccoon started moving in his direction.

“All of a sudden I looked down and it was charging at me,” Morris said, running in place as he told the story. “So I jumped, and when I jumped one of my sandals fell off. He went running past me, stopped and grabbed my sandal. I yelled, ‘He got my sandal!’ and went chasing after him.”

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The raccoon tried to run under the car with it, but the sandal got caught on the car’s bumper and fell out of the animal’s mouth. Morris grabbed his footwear, thinking the ordeal was over. 

“We started walking off and he came running after us again,” Morris laughed. “So we started running, but my friend chased [the raccoon] to the end of the parking lot. But when he turned around to come back, the raccoon started chasing him again. That raccoon was having too much fun.”



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