While some animals appear grateful for their help, others have a very different reaction — like one wild raccoon, who appeared quite embarrassed after firefighters got him out of a home.
Firefighters from the City of Dalton Fire Department, in Georgia, responded to a call about a raccoon, who had gotten into a house (likely in search of food) and was having trouble finding his way out.
While it was a bit of an unusual, unexpected job for the fire team, they rushed to the scene to help get the animal free.
“You never know what the day is going to hold when you show up for your shift as a firefighter,” the department wrote on Facebook. “Sure, there may be the occasional cat needing to be rescued from a tree, but a raccoon? That’s a new one.”
They were able to go in and retrieve the raccoon, and one of the firefighters lifted him to carry him outside. And in a priceless photo taken by the homeowner, it looks like the raccoon isn’t very happy about the whole ordeal:
The raccoon holds his paw over his eyes, as if he’s embarrassed that he needed to be rescued.
The fire team posted the funny pic on Facebook, although they reassured the little critter he had nothing to feel bad about.
“It’s really nothing to be ashamed of,” they wrote. “We all need a helping hand every now and then.”
The photo has gone viral, with over 2,000 shares on Facebook and hundreds of comments agreeing that the photo is priceless. Some accused the firefighters of staging the pic by pushing the raccoon’s arm forward, but the department disputed this, saying it was just a candid photo taken during a standard procedure.
“The firefighter is holding the animal in a way that will neither hurt the raccoon or allow the raccoon to turn on the firefighter,” they wrote in a comment.
And while the raccoon looks embarrassed, everything worked out for him in the end: the firefighters released him back into the wild. “He’ll hopefully be less adventurous in his search for snacks from now on,” the department wrote.
What a priceless photo! Thank you to the fire department for saving this raccoon.