Raccoon takes over tree decorator's ladder

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Dec. 8, 2015 at 10:39 AM
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- An Ontario man decorating trees in his yard for Christmas shared video of an unwanted helper -- a curious and chubby raccoon -- taking over his ladder.

The video shows the rotund raccoon approach and begin to climb the ladder while the man stands at the top decorating a tree in his Mississauga yard.

The man attempts to shoo away the raccoon with commands of "no," and "down," but the curious critter continues to climb. The man appears to attempt to shake the raccoon off the ladder at one point, but he quickly abandons the tactic -- likely due to putting his own safety in danger.

"This is hysterical, I don't know what the hell this thing wants," the man says in the video. "What do you want me to do? I can't help you."

The man eventually gives up and surrenders the ladder to the raccoon.

"You can go up, I'm going down," the man tells the raccoon. "You want to finish the tree? You finish the tree."

The raccoon regards and pokes at the tree, but does not appear to do much decorating.

The animal appears confused as to how to get back down from the ladder.

"Sorry, dude. You're on your own," the man says.

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