Raccoons are terrorizing the White Home press corps

Angela R. James

Call it a hazard of the career. Encounters amongst raccoons and reporters on the White House grounds are getting to be a regular occurrence.



a raccoon walking on green grass


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CNN host Alisyn Camerota shared a video of the network’s senior White Home correspondent Joe Johns yelling and throwing something at a raccoon on Wednesday early morning “seconds in advance of” he turned all-around and delivered an on-air report.

“Freakin’ raccoons, man,” Johns reported. “Yet again! It is really the second time!”

Also on Wednesday morning, an NBC White House producer shared video of Mystery Services agents trying to “wrangle a raccoon.”

Wednesday was not the first incident of raccoons terrorizing the White Household press corps. Previous week, CBS News White Residence correspondent Paula Reid reported that “a raccoon attacked various news crews on North Garden,” having “allegedly grabbed pant leg of a photographer & then a corespondent prior to remaining fended off.”

She shared a photo of White Home raccoons at a earlier day in a push tent. Later on, Reid shared a photo of a raccoon trap placed on the White Household grounds.

“The curious creatures explored the green enclosures, chased off many journalists and photographers, and a person even attempted to chew its way into a backpack. Although their existence was considered an inconvenience, they were not the initially raccoons to roam the White Residence Grounds and most absolutely will not be the very last,” a submit on the White Household Historical past web site claimed.

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The furry mammals are acknowledged for their “bandit mask” encounter markings and resulting in a nuisance by rummaging via trash cans. They accounted for about 30% of human rabies bacterial infections from wild animals in the United States in 2018, in accordance to the Centers for Condition Manage and Prevention.

The most popular of White House raccoons was the family members pet of President Calvin Coolidge, named Rebecca.

A Coolidge supporter from Mississippi gave the family the raccoon as a pet in 1926 with the suggestion that they eat it for Thanksgiving evening meal. As a substitute, it grew to become a relatives pet, even making appearances at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1927.

When the Coolidges left the White Home in 1929, they sent Rebecca to reside at the Rock Creek Zoo.



a group of people posing for a photo: First Lady Grace Coolidge with the family pet raccoon Rebecca at the 1927 White House Easter Egg Roll. (Library of Congress)


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Initially Lady Grace Coolidge with the relatives pet raccoon Rebecca at the 1927 White House Easter Egg Roll. (Library of Congress)

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