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Overweight raccoon gets stuck in Illinois sewer grate

By Ben Hooper
Overweight raccoon gets stuck in Illinois sewer grate
Police, animal control and public works employees responded to a Zion, Ill., sewer grate to rescue a well-fed raccoon that got itself stuck between the grate and the curb. Photo courtesy of the Zion Police Department

Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Police in Illinois said they were called to the side of a city street to help out an overweight raccoon that managed to get itself wedged halfway out of a sewer grate.

The Zion Police Department said Officer K. Vaughn responded Thursday to a roadside sewer grate in Zion where a stuck raccoon had been spotted.

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"It seems this little guy has been eating a little too well and got caught in the sewer grate," the police department said.

The police officer and an animal control officer who responded to the scene were unable to free the raccoon, leading them to summon help from the city Public Works Department.

"They were able to free him and our friend was no worse for wear," the department said.

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