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Tests show raccoon attacked Lauderhill couple, not bobcat

Florida officials confirm animal attack in Lauderhill was not bobcat

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Officials say a Florida couple who believed they were attacked by a bobcat early last week were actually attacked by a raccoon.

The Sun Sentinel reports Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish says DNA tests of hair confirmed the species of the animal that mauled a Lauderhill woman last Friday. State investigators received the results Thursday.

The couple, 71-year-old Rupert Fray and 85-year-old Eslyn Fray, were released from the hospital Thursday. The husband says he fractured a hip, while the wife lost the tip of her right ring finger and is recovering at a rehabilitation facility.

The couple was attacked on a morning walk at their apartment complex in Lauderhill, a Fort Lauderdale suburb.

The animal wasn't found, and officials didn't say whether it was rabid.