【小浣熊被卡下水道井盖成网红】

【小浣熊被卡下水道井盖成网红】近日,美国马萨诸塞州纽顿,一只小浣熊被困在下水道井盖上,它窘迫样子的照片在推特上走红,它的遭遇也引发了推特网友的关切。所幸,在消防队员和兽医近两个小时的共同努力下,小浣熊被成功救出。

No 'Guardian of the Galaxy': trapped US raccoon goes viral

A young raccoon finds itself in a bit of a pinch and in need of rescue
A young raccoon finds itself in a bit of a pinch and in need of rescue

He may lack the poise of "Guardians of the Galaxy" superhero Rocket Raccoon but this fur-tive little adventurer is becoming an internet star in his own right after coming off worse in an encounter with a storm grate.

The mischievous mammal went viral after he was snapped by US firefighters managing to look simultaneously startled and cute as a button during a bungled escape from a sewer on Thursday.

"He had been stuck for a while but we are happy to report he is free!!!" the local fire department tweeted after freeing the trapped trash panda in Newton, Massachussets.

Firefighters were dispatched when a passing cyclist saw the  clinging desperately to the grill, head and tiny paws visible through the metal struts, local media reported.

"We sent a fire truck and we tried to remove his head from the sewer grate with soap and water," said Newton Fire Lieutenant Michael Bianchi.

Massachusetts firefighters had to sedate the raccoon in order to free it
Massachusetts firefighters had to sedate the raccoon in order to free it

When that failed, the firefighters called in local government animal control experts, who sedated the raccoon, calming it enough to pull its head out of the grate.

"It was quite the operation," said Bianchi. The whole rescue mission lasted two hours.

"We rescue citizens both big and small!!!" tweeted the Newton  department.

Raccoons, which are omnivorous, live around two to three years in the wild.

They are known for their strange fixation with "washing" their food and hands, a ritual believed by scientists to be related to their innate tendency to forage for food near water sources.

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-guardian-galaxy-raccoon-viral.html


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