Burned rac­coon dies

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - -- Post­media Net­work

A baby rac­coon that gained na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion af­ter it was set on fire in Cen­tral On­tario died at a shel­ter on Sept. 7.

The tiny two- or-three-month old rac­coon was found dead in her crate at din­ner-time by staff, said De­bra Spi­lar, di­rec­tor of the Pro­cyon Wildlife Shel­ter in Bee­ton, Ont., about 145 kilo­me­tres west of Peterborough.

“She had been re­spond­ing well to treat­ment, but it could be her young lungs had in­gested too much of the lighter fluid,” Spi­lar said Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The young rac­coon, named Phoenix Rose, was found Aug. 6 by a Bar­rie woman near the Huro­nia North Park, just north of Big Bay Point Road.

It’s be­lieved the lit­tle rac­coon had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. She suf­fered burns on her body, face, head, eye and in­side her mouth.

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