I’ve never met a firefighter who began their training with the goal of one day rescuing nocturnal street creatures from sewer grates, but the brave firefighters of Newton, Massachusetts apparently put everything they’ve got into operations both big and small.
Ten a.m., Thursday morning. Rocky Racoon gazed cutely up at commuters from his temporary hell trap in the square hole of a sewer grate. A bicyclist bystander called for help and, not long after, the Newton Fire Department arrived in full garb.
“They have the tools and expertise for freeing people from things,” Captain Eric Fricke said of his unit, per a report by The Washington Post.
Rescuers began by using their very firefighty tools (soap and water) and expertise (tugging). That didn’t work, so they ripped out the grate, placed it on a lawn, and started brainstorming.
A floss technique was the agreed-upon next step; they basically tried to wrap floss around Rocky to condense him, hoping his slimmed-down bod could be pulled out more easily. But nope, the raccoon was just left soapy and sufficiently irritated.