The helpless raccoon was in great trouble after being buried alive, but luckily two very nice teenagers stumbled upon him and he get a second chance after saving his life! The dramatic rescue was caught on camera and the two are now hailed as heroes everywhere.
It was Daiton, 14, and his brother, Rylen, 12, who saved the desperate animal from certain fate. Two brothers and their father, Dray McMillon, returned home from a family reunion. Because their property is surrounded by forest, the two boys often went out to explore the area. But after walking through the woods for a few minutes, they found a collapsed animal in hole. Fearing that a helpless animal might be trapped inside, Daiton and Rylen hastily launched an investigation.
Unfortunately, their fear came true, when a poor raccoon got trapped inside. Unable to move, the little animal was scared and confused, so the boys knew they had to act quickly to save its life. They didn’t know how long the animal has been trapped, so it was clear that both count the seconds. Because they were so close to home, they quickly informed their father first. When he heard the news, Dray took the shovel and followed his boys.
“They discovered a raccoon about 2-3ft in the hole. Only its head and front legs were exposed,” the father told The Dodo. “The boys immediately called me and told me what they found. When I arrived, the raccoon was gasping for air. It was very sad to see the animal struggling.”
Not knowing the exact location of the raccoon’s body position, the father-boys trio had to be extremely careful when digging around the animal to avoid hurting it. The rescue operation turned out to be more difficult than expected and it was getting dark, so I decided to contact the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for help.
The center immediately dispatched volunteers to the scene, and after hours of intensive rescue work, they were eventually able to rescue the animal together. The released raccoon was taken to the Wild West Wildlife Center for investigation. Fortunately, there were no injuries, so it was a short visit. So they sent him back to the woods, and the two boys were overjoyed!
“I felt a sense of accomplishment in my sons,” said the proud father. “We were very happy that the animal was released safely,” he said. “I could say it will be something they will never forget.”