HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A raccoon held up visitors on I-565 for practically an hour this weekend. The raccoon climbed to the highest of a utility pole on the facet of the interstate.
The rescue was a multi-department affair, together with Huntsville Police, Huntsville Fireplace and Rescue, Huntsville Animal Management and Alabama Wildlife Rescue.
Alabama Wildlife Rescue Director Michael Deal with was releasing a gaggle of rehabilitated squirrels when he acquired a name in regards to the raccoon.
He referred to as the Huntsville police for assist. Cops closed each lanes of the interstate on account of considerations the raccoon fell off a utility pole and landed on a automotive.
“We have been actually apprehensive about public security, in addition to the raccoon,” Deal with stated.
The Huntsville Fireplace arrived on the scene with a ladder truck and dispatched a number of folks to rescue the raccoon. The animal was caught in a internet however jumped out earlier than rescuers might convey it down.
Though the raccoon fell many toes, Deal with stated he didn’t look like severely injured.
“He acquired up and ran throughout the interstate, and we have been capable of catch him when he hit the wall of the interstate, so it was fairly fast and dramatic,” Deal with stated.
The raccoon is presently being examined by an emergency vet within the Huntsville space.
Alabama Wildlife Rescue is a nonprofit group that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases small mammals similar to squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, and opossums. The group is a rehabilitation middle licensed by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Conservation. It’s one in all 14 rescue organizations within the state and is the one one positioned north of Birmingham.
Alabama Wildlife Rescue has taken in about 300 animals to date in 2022. Roughly 100 of these animals have now been launched.
The Squirrels proven beneath are nearing their launch date.
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