It took ten firefighters and almost two hours to get a raccoon out of a tree. After reaching its head stuck in a sewer grate, the poor animal was in a wrong spot.
When the Massachusetts fire department in Newton got a call about a stuck raccoon, they knew they had a hard job ahead of them. The firefighters had to be very careful because if they made a mistake, the confused animal or even the crew could have been hurt. But this wasn’t the first time the firefighters had to deal with a similar situation.
Captain Eric Fricke of the Newton Fire Department told The Washington Post, “We sent our rescue company.” “They have the skills and tools to help people get out of things.”
Since no one knew how long the poor raccoon had been stuck there, the rescue team had to work around the clock. A cyclist saw the animal in trouble and called the police.
But letting the raccoon go was harder than I thought it would be. The firemen first tried to grab the raccoon with soap, but it didn’t work. So, they took out the grate, and after an animal rescue team gave their OK, they put the animal to sleep. Capt. Fricke said, “The raccoon needed to be sedated so it could relax enough. “The whole process was a fight.” But in the end, the poor raccoon was saved after nearly two hours. “Everyone is just glad that things turned out well and that they were able to get him out,” the captain said.
On Twitter, the fire department praised the rescue. “Quite the operation,” they said in a tweet. The tweet also says, “Always willing to help our four-legged friends!”