A reporter's encounter with a raccoon moments before he was supposed to be on air has now gone viral. And netizens are both awed by his professionalism and in splits over the video.
In the short clip, CNN reporter Joe Johns can be heard shouting at the raccoon to "get!" That does not seem very effective, as moments later, he throws something, presumably at the raccoon. He then turns back and briefly resumes his reportage before a seeming reemergence of the raccoon derails him. Keep in mind that this entire episode took place on the White House's North Lawn.
"This is what a consummate professional @joejohnscnn is. Seconds before his @NewDay live shot, he fends off a raccoon attack! Just another day in the nutty news cycle. #behindthescenes #whitehouseraccoon #wildlife," tweeted fellow CNN newsperson, Alisyn Camerota.
Rather ironically, this is not his first encounter with a raccoon. Reacting to a tweet about how he had fought raccoons in the North Lawn, Johns said that this was the second time in two weeks.
"So it’s the 2d time in two weeks a raccoon has shown up shortly after the @NewDay open. I think they’re attracted to the lights. No animals were harmed. I threw something to scare it off. #CrazyOuttakes,' he tweeted.
Needless to say, Twitter is in splits over the incident."I needed that laugh, thank you!" wrote one user.
"Raccoons taking over the White House lawn is so 2020," tweeted another.