Moment struggling raccoon is untangled from basketball net

A pair of animal rescuers saved the life of a baby raccoon that became distressed after getting itself tangled in a basketball net.

LA Animal Service workers Armando Navarrete and Ernesto Poblano were called out to a home in south Los Angeles on July 5.

When they arrived they found the young animal nervously lashing out as it struggled to get its paws free from the hoop.

In the video, shot by Mr Navarrete, the baby’s mother can be seen clambering out of a basement window and up onto an adjoining rooftop to keep an eye on the situation.

After setting up a step ladder they managed to secure the animal with a catching hoop, cover it with a towel and snip away the netting before releasing it at ground level.

Mr Navarrete said: ‘We believe the young raccoon was entangled in the netting since early morning, possibly from the night of the Fourth of July.

‘When the mother raccoon first came out from under the dwelling, we were kind of shocked.

‘We thought she was going to attack us, but then it was clear she was only concerned about her young.

‘When she made her way up the fence to the rooftop of the garage, we thought now she’s going to attack, but again she was just nervous for her baby.

‘Once we got the raccoon free and set it on the ground, she did look at us and growled and then they both took off.’

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