Nebraska football player kills raccoon after failed selfie

Friday December 5th, 2014

Nebraska defensive end Jack Gangwish decided, for whatever reason, that he would like to take a selfie with a raccoon. 

The raccoon, frightened by the 260-pound Gangwish, was startled and bit him on the calf.

Gangwish, being from the rural Nebraska town of Wood River, knows a thing or two about wildlife, like how raccoons can carry rabies. He knew that the animal needed to be tested for rabies to see if it posed a health risk to him, so he grabbed a crescent wrench from his truck and tried to knock it out, he told the Lincoln Journal-Star.

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Gangwish struck the animal too hard and killed it. "It was death by crescent wrench," he told the Journal-Star.

In Nebraska, animal cruelty laws do not apply to "uncaptured wild creatures."

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