ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The 9-year-old student bitten eight times by a raccoon is in good spirits and is ready to return to class, but needs 28 shots.
The girl is a student at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
City of St. Augustine Fire Department Lt. Carlos Aviles said the girl, who is deaf, was leaving dance practice, escorted by FSDB staff members, when the animal attacked her just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
She had bite marks on her hands and toes, and was taken to Flagler Hospital. She was released Tuesday night and will have ongoing treatment at the school's facility.
She is reportedly doing fine after the incident.
"She's a trooper," FSDB President L. Daniel Hutto said this morning.