At an auto shop on U.S. 301 in Manatee County, Florida, someone noticed on Wednesday that a raccoon had made its way into a car that was there for repairs. So employees there called Devon Straight, from a local animal rescue organization.
It was “quite an interesting and challenging rescue,” Straight told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. It was challenging not just because raccoons are wild animals and not to be taken lightly, but because the raccoon wasn’t alone. “She climbed through the plastic cover over the window and had a baby in the backseat and in the trunk,” Straight wrote on Facebook a few hours later. It also wasn’t clear right away just how many cubs the raccoon had had. One was near its mother, but there was a second hiding in the trunk, in a puddle of water.
“Every one of us wanted to look in the trunk to see and we’re glad we did,” Straight said. “The little one would have perished back there.” He put the young family in a pet carrier, and released them in some nearby woods. The spooked mother initially ran off, but then apparently remembered her new charges and returned to collect them before disappearing again into the woods.