Many of you have posted over the last few months about raccoon spottings in Brooklyn Heights. Last week my neighbors discovered one in our garbage bin having a trashy party with a good ol’ NYC rat. Good times. It took a visit from the NYPD to chase the raccoon away and our friendly exterminator deals with those pesky rodents on an ongoing basis.
The rats seemed to have gotten the “get away” memo, but a raccoon (we think it’s the same one) returned this morning. Neighbors called animal control (it’s the NYCACC which is an NYC government contractor) and were told that they don’t do raccoons, but would gladly send us some brochures on handling our little rascal. Remembering how the NYPD dispatched of our furry friend the last time, a team of neighbors attempted to release our furry friend back into “the wild”. But these beasts….they are clever… and he just returned to the place he loves most – our garbage bin. Lesson learned here: call a trapper.
The above video documents this attempt. The Howard Dean-esque screams are mine depite the fact that Saddam (or Effie as Mrs. Fink calls “him”) seemed relatively friendly. Also, it should be noted that rabies is something to be concerned about when you encounter a raccoon.