Rac­coon stuck in sewer grate freed by an­i­mal clinic


Saun­der­stown, R.I. (AP) — Of­fi­cials say a rac­coon that got its head stuck in a sewer grate in Rhode Is­land had to be taken to an an­i­mal clinic — grate and all — af­ter ef­forts to free the an­i­mal on site failed.

The Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land said Tuesday on Face­book the an­i­mal is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing suc­cess­fully freed by a vet­eri­nar­ian.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion says four peo­ple had to help move the grate into the surgery room so the vet­eri­nar­ian could work on the rac­coon.

They say the an­i­mal had been trapped since the night be­fore and its head and neck had swollen too much to be squeezed back out. The clinic used ice and anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tions to re­duce the swelling be­fore ap­ply­ing “ma­jor el­bow grease” to free the an­i­mal.

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