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Madison police rescue raccoon with head stuck in jar

MADISON (WKOW) — A raccoon has a new lease on life after authorities help get a jar off its head on Madison’s east side Wednesday.

Madison police and animal service officers from Public Health Madison and Dane County responded to the 4100 block of Sycamore Avenue to help the woodland critter before 4 p.m., according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Some concerned citizens waved down a passing police car and led the officer to a nearby tree.

“The officer looked up, and at first glance thought there was a glass jar stuck in branches some 20 feet up,” police said. “Using a more discerning eye, the officer determined the canister was attached to a head, the head of a kit.”

The service officers could not reach the animal with a catch pole and restorted to using the device to “encourage” the animal out of the tree while the MPD officer held a net below. The raccoon fell and the netting was unsuccessful. Thanks to several branches on the way down, the animal landed unharmed, according to police.

Once on the ground, the service officers got the jar off the critter’s head.

“The raccoon then ran away southbound through the wooded area at a fast pace,” the pleased officer wrote in his report, according to MPD, noting: “A free head and a second chance at life!”

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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