August 19, 2009

‘Houdini’ raccoon escapes cage

New York animal authorities say a raccoon captured at City Hall earned the nickname Houdini when it escaped from its metal cage.

Mike Pastore of Animal Care & Control said he was summoned to City Hall for the first time in his 15 years on the job Tuesday to capture a raccoon spotted on the roof by construction workers, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Pastore said it didn't take him long to catch the raccoon in a metal cage, but the animal soon broke free.

He's one of the strongest raccoons we've come across, Pastore said. He popped up the cage, ran down the scaffolding, and we had to chase him down toward the window well of the building,

Pastore said the raccoon, which was dubbed Houdini after its breakout, was captured a second time in a cage with extra-firm bindings and was to be released soon into a wooded area.