Raccoon with head stuck in sewer grate requires heavy lifting by rescuers

A small raccoon spent the night with its head stuck in a sewer grate in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, where local officials were at a loss Tuesday morning as to how to free the critter.

The Jamestown Police and highway department officials attempted to grease the raccoon up and squeeze her out, but the animal had too much swelling around its neck to simply pull her to freedom.

With no options, local officials helped some volunteers load up the raccoon and the heavy sewer grate into a vehicle and transport it to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island, which fortunately had a solution.

"In order to get her out we first had to ice down the skin around her head and neck and also gave her some pain meds to reduce the inflammation," the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island wrote on Facebook. "It took four of us to move the grate to surgery where Dr. Bird could anesthetize and we could squeeze her head out of the grate.

"With the team in place, it took some major elbow grease but we were able to successfully get her free! We also vaccinated her against Rabies, Distemper and Parvo, as we do with all of our RVS patients.

"She’s still a little out of it as I’m writing this and is very clearly exhausted, but we anticipate a full recovery for this lucky little girl."

We're sure the raccoon is very grateful.

h/t Providence Journal

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