A CNN reporter found himself moonlighting as an animal control officer Wednesday morning — to fend off a press-hating raccoon seconds before going live.
The wily animal accosted senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns at the White House during his pre-dawn shot.
“Get!” Johns screams, before hurling an unknown object at the varmint off-air and growling at the raccoon, which cannot be seen in his shot.
The journalist then quickly composes himself as he goes live on “New Day,” beginning, “Now, no events on the president’s schedule today …”
The hilarious clip, tweeted by “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota, also shows Johns griping, “Friggin’ raccoons, man. God! Again! It’s the second time!”
He adds, “It always comes around right about when I’m gonna go on TV.”
Johns isn’t the first reporter to come under attack by the nocturnal creatures. In late September, four raccoons ganged up on a group of journalists, with one “tugging” on the pants of a photographer, according to a CBS News reporter.
The close encounter prompted someone to launch a Twitter account named “That Whitehouse Racoon,” which claims to “hate squirrels and Fake News.”