- A gang of raccoons invaded the White House and charged at several journalists who were working on the premises
- One of the raccoons grabbed a photographer's pants as others went for a reporter, tearing his clothes
- The incident was accidental but quite a number of people joked the animals had been sent by US President Donald Trump in a bid to revenge their 'badgering'
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A battery of journalists have been attacked by wild animals while working at the White House. According to Independent UK, a group of raccoons caused a melee after charging on members of the press from different media houses as they reported from the White House.
Briefly.co.za understands one of the four raccoons grabbed a photographer's pants as others went for a reporter tearing his clothes. Videos and photos of the incident went viral on social media with many people airing their different views about it.
According to the White House Historical Association, the White House has a long history of raccoon invasion but has always been taken care of by White House staff and the National Park Service who usually control the animals on the property.
The raccoons' attack was first made public by Paula Reid of CBS News in a tweet.
The incident may be accidental but quite a number of social media users joked hat the raccoons were sent by US President Donald Trump in a bid to revenge the coverage of the controversy surrounding tax.
Briefly.co.za has learnt the White House had to call in the US General Services Administration which manages federal properties to chase the raccoons. In 1926, White House received its most popular raccoon named Rebecca, which was kept as a pet by Calvin Coolidge's family. The family was presented with the raccoon as a gift from a supporter in Mississippi.
In other peculiar news about animals, Briefly.co.za previously reported on a video showing a man having a meeting with animals. A South African man has left the country in stitches after a video of him having a meeting with his livestock went viral. The video was uploaded to Twitter by @CherrolNgobese earlier today.
The video has gained over 1 000 views. The animals are gathered in front of the man and what makes it truly funny is the seriousness in his voice whilst addressing them. The animals stand still as though they are listening intently. Briefly.co.za translated the hilarious video:
"We are in a meeting now. I called this meeting to let you guys know I don't have your maize yet. I came home late yesterday and I couldn't buy it. I'm going to head to Stanger (north of Durban) now to buy some for you guys. I hope you understand."
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