While visiting the excellent international film horror site The Latarnia Forums, I found a reference to an odd and unintentionally funny 1904 news item from New York. Here's the opening paragraph:
WEASELS ATTACK GIRL.; She Fights Them for Fifteen Minutes, and Wins at Last.
Special to The New York Times.
December 12, 1904, Monday
LINCOLN PARK, N.J., Dec. 11. -- As Jennie Vreeland, fourteen years of age, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Milton Vreeland, was returning to her home from the village late yesterday afternoon she was attacked by two weasels. Only with great difficulty did she succeed in beating them off.
[Go to the Times website to read the full article.]