'It Bit Me': Man Attacked by Raccoon in 'Wild' Video

A man was out filming a group of raccoons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania one night when one suddenly rushed toward him and attacked him, as seen in a viral video.

TikTok user @bmccoolness posted the video on July 3, and it has since amassed more than 1 million views.

The clip showed the sharp turn the night took as @bmccoolness and his friends were watching the raccoons before he was attacked and required medical attention.

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A man documented his experience getting attacked by a raccoon in a now-viral TikTok video. Here, a stock image of a raccoon. passion4nature/iStock

According to the Humane Society, it is unusual for a raccoon to act aggressively toward humans.

"A female may boldly defend her young, arching her back and growling or giving a loud 'whoof,' and perhaps lunging at a person she deems threatening," the organization said. "Only very rarely will a raccoon chase after someone seen as threatening."

The Humane Society recommended that someone who comes into contact with a wild animal should seek help from their local animal control agency and health department.

At the start of his video, @bmccoolness and his friends are watching the group of raccoons climbing on a chain-link gate from a distance.

"They're like acrobats right now," he said to his friends.

The group watched the raccoons before they slowly continued on their way when, suddenly, a raccoon darted out, causing the group to start yelling.

"It bit me, it bit me, it bit me!" @bmccoolness exclaimed.

He was then seen receiving treatment from a medical professional and was advised to wash the injured area with soap and water. A medical professional administered a shot and @bmccoolness wore a pained expression on his face before the video ended.

In a second video, @bmccoolness explained that he received a tetanus shot and a rabies vaccine in his arm. The shot he received in his leg, which was shown in the video, was the rabies immunoglobulin.

He said will continue getting shots to guard against rabies over the course of two weeks since the night of the attack.

Viewers were shocked after seeing what unfolded.

"The turn this brief film took was WILD in every sense," a comment read.

"This was cinematic gold," another viewer wrote.

"The one on the fence was a distraction for the real attack plan," one viewer joked.

"This went from cute to chaotic," wrote a viewer. "Glad to see you're OK."

A viewer wrote that they were sympathetic to @bmccoolness, but they were "glad" he posted the video because they've seen people approaching wild animals with no caution.

Newsweek reached out to @bmccoolness for comment.

Other posts featuring raccoons have previously gone viral.

A video shared on the Reddit forum "EyeBleach" showed a group of raccoons lining up outside of a drive-thru window to get chicken nuggets.

Another video showed a baseball fan who caught a raccoon with his bare hands before bringing it outside of the stadium.

One viral thread on Twitter told the story of how raccoons fell through a woman's ceiling and trashed her bedroom.