Well that's just grate, isn't it? Moment baby raccoon got its head stuck in a storm drain


This raccoon did not look too happy after getting its head stuck in a sewer drain in downtown Detroit

They are generally regarded as pests, so this raccoon should consider itself very lucky that someone came to the rescue... after getting its head stuck in a storm drain. The mischievous critter was spotted, funnily enough, by just the man for the job - Department of Public Works (DPW) director Bill Zimmer - outside his house in downtown Detroit.
And as the photograph below shows, the raccoon was clearly in some distress, unable to free its head from the middle of the sewer grate last Thursday.
The animal was spotted on Ecorse Creek, Dearborn Heights, a suburban neighbourhood of the car-making industrial city.
DPW director Zimmer - whose team is responsible for street maintenance as part of its remit - called on co-workers Don Sepanski, Sean Moylan and Carl Kennedy for help.

The critter was spotted by the Department of Public Works director Bill Zimmer outside his house. With the aid of co-workers, including Sean Moylan (pictured), they freed the raccoon with vegetable oil and soap

Armed with a quantity of vegetable oil and dish soap, they quickly went to work and the manhole cover was carefully removed.
Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko said after he saw the picture of the raccoon, he could see why the men wanted to save it.
Raccoons are easily identified by the black, mask-like colouring around their eyes. They are also endowed with unusually long toes, which are often mistaken for fingers.
They originated in North America and were later introduced to other countries such as Japan.
The animal is mainly found in forests, marshes, prairies, but they also known to venture in to cities and make homes in the lofts of houses.
The raccoon's main predators are the fox and dog. It is also killed by humans, with its fur used for clothing including coats and hats.

source: dailymail