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Updated: 10/05/2017 08:30:01AM

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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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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