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Rocky raccoon: NYPD rescues critter trapped on windowsill for hours

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A rattled raccoon acquired caught on a fourth-story Manhattan ledge for hours on Friday — drawing a big crowd of spectators earlier than cops in a bucket elevate have been capable of convey it right down to security.

Police arrived at 21 West sixteenth Street round 1:30 p.m., after the masked marauder apparently climbed up the drain pipe of the Chelsea constructing solely to be too frightened to get again down.

“He looked like he was having a bad day, like he was hungover,” mentioned resident Eric Jeng, who was working dwelling when he heard a commotion outdoors his residence.

At first, Jeng was confused by the rising group of individuals stopping to stare up at his constructing — after which he noticed the critter on the windowsill one flooring beneath.

NYPD officers rescued a raccoon trapped on a windowsill at 21 West sixteenth Street on Oct. 8, 2021.
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The raccoon became trapped after it reportedly climbed up the drain pipe.
The raccoon grew to become trapped after it reportedly climbed up the drain pipe.
William Farrington for NY Post

“Eventually the raccoon climbs up another level to my windowsill and gets stuck there right by my AC unit,” he recalled to The Post.

Resident Eric Jeng snapped a photo of the critter near his AC Unit outside of his Chelsea apartment.
Resident Eric Jeng snapped a photograph of the critter close to his AC Unit outdoors of his Chelsea residence.
Eric Jeng

The weary animal could possibly be seen pushing itself towards Jeng’s window, attempting to cover in plain sight from the officers and onlookers beneath. 

“He looked tired,” Jeng famous. “He kept hiding his head away from everyone.” 

The entire ordeal lasted almost two hours, Jeng mentioned, as cops with the NYPD’s Emergency Response Service Unit thought-about the perfect means to rescue the cowering raccoon.

“At some point I was like ‘what is going to happen?’” Jeng recalled.

Two officers lifted in a bucket loader have been finally capable of lasso the bandit and convey it down safely — as the gang of about 50 folks clapped and cheered.

Jeng, who mentioned he’d by no means earlier than seen a raccoon in his neighborhood, famous how the cops have been cautious of their rescue operation, opting to make use of the elevate and seize the animal from outdoors as a substitute of pulling it in by means of a window.

Rescue efforts to save the stranded raccoon lasted nearly two hours.
Rescue efforts to save lots of the stranded raccoon lasted almost two hours.
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A crowd gathered outside of the apartment building to watch the rescue.
A crowd gathered outdoors of the residence constructing to observe the rescue.
William Farrington for NY Post
Jeng said it appeared the raccoon was “having a bad day.”
Jeng mentioned it appeared as if the raccoon was “having a bad day.”
William Farrington for NY Post

“Theoretically we could have grabbed my raccoon from my other window but they were afraid … that if he got himself out of the lasso with his hands he would fall,” Jeng mentioned.

“So the cops played it really safe and brought in a bridge truck and sent two guys up there and grabbed it pretty quickly one they had everything sorted out.”

He added: “It was a happy ending to the story.”

“It was just one of those New York moments.”

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