RAMAPO, N.Y. -- "Come on little fella," a Ramapo Police officer is heard saying as he tried to rescue a raccoon from a dumpster outside an office building in Airmont on Wednesday, a scene captured on video.
The officer is seen trying to coax the animal that appeared to be sleeping, using a hoop net at the end of a long poll.
"Come on. Wake up," he is heard saying as he gently nudges the raccoon that wakens and is heard squealing as he grabs on to the hoop then is lifted out by the officer.
The raccoon is carried to a grassy area away from the dumpster and lowered to the ground with the poll. But instead of letting go, the animal is seen holding on the hoop.
After the video was taken, it ultimately let go and ran into the woods, said Ramapo Police.
Earlier, police had been notified of the trapped animal and initially tried to rescue the raccoon by placing a large ramp in the dumpster but it would not use it to escape, according to police.
The officer was able to safely remove the animal and release it into the nearby wooded area without incident, said police.
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