Raccoon Freed By Firefighters
After it Got its Head Stuck in a Sewer Grate

Firefighters are rightly considered heroes to men and women across the U.S., but one fire department may have another fan after they spent two hours trying to free a raccoon from a sewer grate.

According to Capt. Eric Fricke, of the Newton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched on Thursday (August 1), to a residential area in Newton, Massachusetts after a call came in describing the poor raccoon’s plight. The caller, a bicyclist who was on their way to work, spotted the struggling animal, its head caught in between the steel slats.

“We sent our rescue company,” Fricke told The Washington Post. “They have the tools and expertise for freeing people from things.”