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Dramatic raccoon rescue in the Pass


By Doug Walker – bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The saga began in the back yard of a Pass Christian home. Bill Broadway found a raccoon with a jar struck on its head. 

Broadway wanted to save the animal, so he called volunteers from the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Preservation Society for help.  

"I knew it couldn't get food, couldn't get water," Broadway said.  "I didn't have a clue as to how long she would be able to last without the food and water, but I definitely knew she was in danger." 

But getting the animal help was no easy task. It took four days to finally trap the raccoon. It was immediately taken to the clinic run by Dr. Jennifer Griffin. But efforts to get the coon out of the trap were met with fierce resistance.

The animal was finally tranquilized and caring hands gently removed the plastic jar. Dr. Griffin said if it wasn't for the rescuers, the outcome would have been a lot different.

"That raccoon would have died from starvation and dehydration," Griffin said. 

Back at Broadway's home, the raccoon was able to get some much needed rest. WRANPS volunteer Richard Burton was relieved. 

"It gives me a great feeling, that's the reason I have been volunteering for WRANPS for a decade almost and it's a good feeling to be able to save a little critter," Burton said.

As for how the raccoon ended up in this predicament, WRANPS founder Dianne Hunt has a theory. 

"Recycling is a very good thing and I'm sure someone threw this jar out, possibly in a recycling bin, but they didn't rinse it first. If it's rinsed, the animals won't get in it, won't get cut, won't get jars stuck on their head,"  Hunt said.  

After a day of R & R, Broadway plans on releasing the raccoon back into the wild. 

As for WRANPS, the organization is in the process of building a new center in Lyman, as it continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina.  If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation to help that effort, visit www.wranps.org or  call (228) 452-WILD.

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