Raccoon rescued after getting stuck in car engine block at Bradenton Beach


Bradenton Beach Wildlife Rescuers came to the aid of a raccoon who managed to get very, very stuck – in the engine block of a car.

It all started last Thursday at the Bridge Street Hotel, when someone called Wildlife Inc. about a raccoon on the third floor of the building. A volunteer spotted the adult raccoon and noticed that it was limping, but otherwise healthy.

When the volunteer and hotel staff attempted to rescue the animal, the raccoon managed to squeeze through a narrow ramp on the stairs and landed on the ground floor.

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The possibly injured raccoon then scrambled under parked cars and climbed into the engine of a Nissan Sentra.

Staff members found the owners of the car, who were concerned for the raccoon’s safety.

After several hours of trying to get the raccoon out, Wildlife Inc. called a veterinarian for help, who determined the animal was stuck and would not be able to get out of the engine block without human assistance.

Photos courtesy: Faune Inc.

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The vet gave the raccoon a sedative, which allowed rescuers to safely remove the animal from its tight spot.

The raccoon was then brought to Wildlife Inc for a thorough examination, where it received a clean bill of health. After a few days of recovery, rescuers released the animal into the wild.

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