This week, Peace River Wildlife Center admitted a raccoon in a pretty precarious position. While emptying recycle bins in the Punta Gorda Isles neighborhood, the sanitation engineers made a startling discovery. They found a young adult raccoon at the bottom of a recycle bin with a tin can firmly stuck on her head.
Luckily for the raccoon and PRWC, they knew just what to do: They brought the entire construct — can, ‘coon and all — to us. Unable to simply pull the can off her head, we drilled a hole in the can through which the anesthetic gas was administered. Once the raccoon was asleep, we enlarged the opening at the top of the can, using a tin snip, until we could wrest the can off.
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