So, how did Katie Holmes face her worst fear in the flesh? The actress took the offense, standing up at the staring — best case, starstruck, worst case, rabid — critter. “I didn’t know what to do, so I stood up and barked at him, and he ran away” (via HuffPost). Though Holmes’ bark might have been worse than her bite, resources on interacting with raccoons agree with her forward approach — like being face to face with a bear, you want to appear larger than you are to intimidate the animal, according to The Spruce. Katie was right to be alarmed when the critter approached her, especially since the nocturnal creatures are rarely active during the day — when a raccoon is hanging out in daylight, you can safely assume it is sick or injured. The territorial animals can also be a danger to outdoor pets and children, so it’s best to stay safe and keep away from the creatures if they don’t back off. Nevertheless, the actress clearly has guts under pressure. And hopefully, the experience was curative, and Katie’s no longer living in fear.