Flagler deputies free stuck baby raccoon

Young raccoon gets leg wedged in tree, saved by deputies

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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - Flagler County Sheriff's deputies wrangled a raccoon rescue Friday morning after a young raccoon got stuck in a tree on Florida Park Drive in Palm Coast.

Deputies said a 12-year-old spotted the raccoon as he was walking to his bus stop around 7 a.m. Friday.

The small raccoon had managed to get his back right leg wedged between two large branches of a crape myrtle tree, deputies said.

When Animal Control could not respond Deputy Bret Wood arrived on the scene
and used a car jack from his patrol car to separate the branches far enough apart to free the animal's leg, deputies said.

The raccoon was aggressive toward Wood, but no one was injured, deputies said.

In an effort to encourage the animal to escape the tree, Deputy Daniel Parthemore stepped in and gently lifted the raccoon's leg with his extendable baton, deputies said.

"The raccoon then departed the area and appeared to be in good health," Deputy Wood said. After being freed from the three the raccoon looked back as if saying "thank you" to its rescuers as it departed the area.

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