Citizen Patriot, Jackson, Mich.
ALBION, MI – A mother raccoon and four babies revealed, in startling fashion, their location last weekend in a ceiling above a Calhoun County living room.
The family fell a story, landing in an upholstered chair on Michigan Avenue in Sheridan Township, just outside Albion.
The homeowner requested emergency aid on Friday, May 4, and Public Safety Officer Kyle Wilson assisted township firefighters in apprehending the mother raccoon.
The comedic, and somewhat chaotic, scene was caught on video and posted over the weekend on the Albion public safety Facebook page.
At first, the raccoon eluded capture, bit and bolted from a gloved firefighter, and retreated to a closet. “Lord Jesus!” one responder shouts.
Township fire chief Lance Lohrke believed a dog catch pole would do the trick so Wilson used the device to pull the raccoon from the space and place her in a live trap, according to a statement released early Monday. “Game on,” he says as confronts the resistant animal.
Her kits, as cute as their mama was angry, were small enough to be picked up and placed in a plastic tub. All five, with their bandit-like faces, were then taken to an alternate location and released into the wild, the public safety department reported.
No one, animal or human, was said to be hurt. The firefighter is fine. He went to a local hospital and has been treated for possible, rabies exposure, Wilson wrote in an email.
The mother, that nocturnal invader, had gained access to the attic through an opening in the soffit above the porch, according to the statement, signed by Wilson.
She then made it her nursery.
The homeowner reported he had caught several raccoons in live traps on the porch and planned to have the soffit fixed to prevent further visitors, according to the statement.
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