Barnstable County

Wildlife officials help Cape Cod raccoon with peanut butter jar stuck on his head

A raccoon got himself into a sticky situation Monday morning after getting a peanut butter jar stuck on his head.

Thankfully, crews from the Cape Wildlife Center were there to help.

Officials say the rescue process was anything but smooth after the raccoon escaped containment and hid in the woods under a thick briar. The team then lost sight of him and decided to try again at a later date.

Luckily, the homeowner kept a watchful eye and the raccoon reappeared the following day.

Wildlife rehabilitators braved a thicket filled with thorns and waited near the animal’s den. Using a pair of grabbers, crews were able to reach down and take the plastic jar off his head. The jar didn’t cause any trauma to the raccoons neck, according to officials.

“This little masked bandit got lucky but unfortunately this is a common occurrence with raccoons and other species that frequent garbage and recycling bins looking for food,” the Cape Wildlife Center wrote in a social media post. “Please remember to secure bins tightly and wash out containers and jars completely so they don’t attract unwanted diners.”

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