CROW frees playful raccoon from cat toy
On Jan. 14, an adult female northern raccoon was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife after being captured in a live trap in Lehigh Acres with a plastic cat toy stuck on its right front paw. The raccoon was reported to have evaded capture for nearly three months. Veterinarians sedated the raccoon and then cut the toy to remove it from its paw. The raccoon suffered minor lacerations, but there was no sign of infection. The wounds were cleaned and stitched closed using absorbable sutures. The raccoon was provided with pain medication and antibiotics, which will help prevent infection as the wound heals. Veterinarians also gave it a “manicure” by trimming its nails that had overgrown due to the toy preventing the nails from being worn down naturally. The raccoon was returned to Lehigh and released later in the evening after recovering from the sedation. Raccoons use their dexterous front paws to feel and find a wide variety of food items. In coastal areas like Southwest Florida, they can often be spotted foraging along the shore during low tide, including during daytime hours. Their inquisitive nature and adaptability to urban environments can often lead to negative human interactions, such as injuries caused by garbage. Just a few months ago, another raccoon was admitted to CROW with a soup can stuck on its head.