Raccoon stuck head first in roof rescued and reunited with her babies

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In Santa Cruz, California, a mother raccoon found herself in a rather precarious position after she became trapped in the roof of a home head first while trying to get to her babies.

A homeowner called the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter on Monday to report the animal, who had chewed into the roof, but became trapped as she tried to gain entrance.

Knowing that time was critical, they instructed the citizen to push the raccoon through the hole so it wouldn’t suffocate.

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It seems the panicky mom had been trying to get inside the home’s attic through a broken vent where she had left her babies, but the vent had subsequently been repaired, so she started to eat away at the tiles.

Sometimes things just work out, and this lucky raccoon mom and her babies are safe.

Our friends at Wildlife Emergency Services received a call earlier today from a concerned citizen in the Santa Cruz Mountains regarding a racoon that had chewed through their roof and had gotten herself stuck. Knowing that time was critical, they instructed the citizen how to push the racoon through the hole so it wouldn’t suffocate.

Now that the mama racoon is back safe with her babies, Wildlife Emergency Services will help the citizens to set up a repellant barrier to safely and humanely have mama and her kids move along to a more appropriate home

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Raccoons are infamous for being devoted mothers, so it was no surprise how this all went down. The moms stay with their young for a year – teaching them how to survive, find food and hide from predators.

The female raccoon is a dedicated mother, and once the young are weaned (somewhere between two to four months of age), she will start taking them with her during nighttime, showing them all the different food sources she knows, and teaching them how to best navigate the territory. They learn all sorts of acrobatics and survival skills from her, as she patiently and repeatedly encourages them to overcome their insecurities and use their bodies and the objects around them fearlessly. She will often spend almost an entire night teaching them how to get through one little obstacle. And the unsuccessful are never left behind, as she will pick them up in her mouth and drag them herself through the impossible nooks and crannies she goes through.

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Humane Wildlife Control wants to remind everyone not to close up openings without taking precautions – animals might be inside. This mother raccoon was trying to get back to her babies after repairs were made and she was locked out.

We love happy endings.

Photo via Santa Cruz Animal Shelter Facebook

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