Watch reporter fend off a raccoon before his live shot outside the White House

They crash garbage cans, gardens and now live television shots.

CNN reporter Joe Johns isn’t going to take it anymore.

Johns’ CNN colleague, Alisyn Camerota, shared a funny behind-the-scenes video of him shooing away an aggressive raccoon near the White House while he was trying to do a live shot.

“Frickin’ raccoons, man,” Johns said on Wednesday outside the White House.

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“This is what a consummate professional @joejohnscnn is,” Camerota tweeted. “Seconds before his @NewDay live shot, he fends off a raccoon attack! Just another day in the nutty news cycle.”

Johns can be seen throwing a large object at the critters at one point, yelling “Get!” He grew more exasperated when the animal came back a second time.

“So it’s the 2d time in two weeks a raccoon has shown up shortly after the @NewDay open,” Johns tweeted. “I think they’re attracted to the lights. No animals were harmed. I threw something to scare it off. #CrazyOuttakes”

TODAY’s Craig Melvin applauded Johns’ professionalism in the face of the critter assault.

“Always knew @joejohnscnn was a topnotch reporter,” Craig tweeted. “Today i learned he’s staunchly anti-raccoon. Needed this today. Thanks, Joe for keeping us informed and safe.”

The raccoon constituency seems to be demanding to have its voice heard at the White House, as Johns isn’t the only member of the press who has tangled with them.

NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander tweeted that he had his own encounter with a raccoon this week.

“BREAKING: Sources tell me it’s a family of raccoons – including the one that walked under my legs right before my @TODAYshow live shot yesterday,” he wrote with an accompanying video of the Secret Service trying to wrangle a raccoon.

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CNN reporter’s confrontation with raccoon at White House goes viral

CNN’s Joe Johns went viral on Tuesday night after a confrontation with a raccoon on the White House lawn.

The network’s senior Washington correspondent can be seen in the video throwing what appeared to be a work bag at the animal while attempting to shoo it away.

“Frickin’ raccoons, man. God, again! This is the second time! Jesus … It always comes around right around when I’m about to go on TV … get!” a frustrated Johns said before growling at the raccoon.

Johns was praised on social media for how he handled the situation, with others saying the interaction encapsulated a tumultuous 2020.

Tuesday evening wasn’t the first time reporters have encountered raccoons on White House property. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid on Sept. 29 reported a raccoon had “attacked multiple news crews” on Sept. 29.

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Raccoon startles morning bathroom visitor: Olmsted Township Police Blotter


Unwanted wildlife: Flagler Drive

Police were dispatched at 4:45 a.m. Sept. 18 to a home into which an unwanted raccoon gained entry. It was found in the bathroom’s cupboard enjoying a bit of cat food. Police were able to catch the uninvited guest and safely removed it.

Assistance: Oakwood Drive

Police assisted the Olmsted Township fire department at 5:43 a.m. Sept. 21 with a woman who gave birth outside in the parking lot. Mother and newborn were transported to the hospital. Both were reportedly healthy.

Suspicious person: Periwinkle Drive

Someone called police at 4:40 p.m. Sept. 18 about a 20- to 30-year-old man who had a knife on his side while walking through the park. When officers arrived the man was not there, but special attention was placed at that location. The man apparently did not threaten or display the knife while walking.

Fighting: Carl Lane

A caller told police at 1:16 a.m. Sept. 20 there was a fight in progress involving several people outside a home. During the call, the complainant said everyone who was involved got into two cars and left the park. When police arrived, all parties were gone.

Civil issue: John Road

A woman at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 18 called police about her ex-boyfriend who was there trying to retrieve a car. The ex was in the driveway honking his horn. A tow truck was contacted to retrieve the car without any further issues.

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