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A raccoon that was found with her head stuck in a sewer grate has been released after eight people and an ambulance crew worked for over two hours.
When Newton Fire Department arrived at the scene on Thursday morning in Massachusetts, they expected it would be an easy release using 'soap and water.'
Attempts - Juvenile - Furry - Critter - Square
But after attempts to pull the juvenile furry critter out of the small square hole they released that she was firmly wedged in and had to think outside of the box.
The rescue, which took more than two hours, even saw them remove the sewer grate in a bid to free her.
Ambulance - Efforts - Neck - Raccoon
They even flagged down an ambulance during the efforts and tried to compress the swollen neck of the raccoon so that she could slip out.
But nothing worked until animal control were able to sedate her so that she could be freed without constantly wriggling and fighting off rescuers.
Observation - Friday - Glance - Teams
After being kept for observation she was released on Friday and while climbing away appeared to take a thankful glance back at one of the teams who saved her.
Newton Fire Department tweeted: 'Distressed raccoon who got her head stuck in a sewer grate rescued after 'two hour long saga' including eight people, lots of soap and an ambulance crew has now been released.
'He - While - Citizens
'He had been stuck for a while but we are happy to report he is free...We rescue citizens both big and small!!!
'Always willing to help our 4 legged friends. It was quite the operation.'
Amusing - Encounter - John - Newton - Critter
The amusing encounter was shared by passerby John Newton who noticed the constricted critter on his way to work and called the fire department at around 10am.
He watched events unfold as the poor raccoon initially clung onto the sewer grate and later while still trapped but on the grass.
Newton - Teams
Newton saw teams keep her hydrated...
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