January 26, 2009

Raccoon rescued from couple’s tree

A British couple said a raccoon they spotted sleeping in a tree behind their house was captured by an animal rescue officer.

David Webber, 71, and his wife, Ena, said they initially thought the animal was a cat after they saw it while bird watching behind their Christchurch, England, home during the weekend, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Well, cats and birds don't go together so I fired the water gun at it and its little face came out and it just looked at me and said, in no uncertain terms: 'Stop I want to go back to sleep,' Webber said. It wasn't impressed at all. It had such a cute little face. It stayed in the same tree, on the same branch and didn't move. It was fast asleep.

It's a total mystery, nobody knows where it's come from. Police told us they had no records of a missing raccoon, he said.

The Webbers said they phoned the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which sent an officer to bring the raccoon to a local rescue center.

We think it's owned by someone in the local area so if someone has lost a raccoon they should contact us, an RSPCA spokeswoman said.