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Michigan firefighters rescue raccoon stuck in sewer cover

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/10/2021 David Matthews
Michigan firefighters rescue raccoon stuck in sewer cover. © Harrison Township Firefighters Local 1737 Michigan firefighters rescue raccoon stuck in sewer cover.

A Michigan raccoon got a helping paw when it needed rescuing after getting its head stuck in a sewer cover.

The Harrison Township Fire Department relayed the story of their heroics on Facebook and included a picture of their new furry friend just before it was freed.

Lt. Brian Lorkowski, who snapped the pic, told MLive the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon when the department was called to give the local animal control unit some assistance.

Normal rescue options were quickly discarded for being too dangerous.

“We didn’t want to put a saw too close because it could heat up the cast iron and injure the animal and we didn’t want to nick it with a saw,” Lt. Lorkowski told MLive. “We were trying all different kinds of options to not try and hurt it, but it was stuck in there really good.”

The firefighters then tried a number of household items.

“We first put dish soap around its neck, but that didn’t work,” Lt. Lorkowski said. We had gloves on because it was biting and scratching. Then, a homeowner brought out cooking oil. We were able to guide it out then, but it was hard getting it out. I don’t even know how it got stuck in there to begin with.”

After the raccoon was safely liberated, Macomb County Animal Control checked it for injuries and found animal had not been harmed.

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