Briella TomassettiAug 7, 2017, 8:30 pmAug 7, 2017, 8:33 pm

Wildlife rehabilitators save dumpster-diving raccoon who got stuck in jar of peanut butter

Bizarre backyard rescue made in Farmingdale after animal gets caught in sticky situation—literally


A jar of Skippy peanut butter is probably the last place you'd look for a raccoon but that's exactly where a pair of wildlife rehabilitators found a dumpster-diving critter in Farmingdale on Sunday.

"He was real feisty, he was still a good body weight, and he wasn't starving or lethargic, or anything like that," licensed wildlife rehabilitator Bobby Horvath said.

Cathy and Bobby Horvath are licensed wildlife rehabilitators who work in Seaford at the Tackapusha Reserve and Museum.

They were called to a home in Farmingdale on Sunday after the owners spotted the raccoon blindly scurrying around the backyard with the jar stuck on its head.

When the Horvaths got there, the raccoon was hiding in the bushes behind the pool and they made a team effort to set it free.

Bobby and Cathy Horvath's daughter, Sadie, was there to catch the whole rescue on camera.

"It was kind of cool to be there and see the entire thing happen because most kids usually don't get to see that," Sadie said.

"I couldn't fit in the bushes, so I used a piece of equipment called a snare pole that gave me some extra lift and I was able to get the raccoon out gently,” Bobby Horvath said.

"We brought some cooking oil with us. I poured it all over his head, and I had to twist it and get the suction off and pop the jar off of his head," Cathy Horvath said.

As strange as it may seem, the duo says it’s not the first time they've made a rescue like this. They say it’s very common, especially for scavengers like raccoons that often follow their noses and squeeze into small places for a snack.

The Horvaths say people can help animals avoid the issue by always making sure thrown out jars are tightly sealed with a lid.

"We've done it about five or six times, they go into the recycling bins or garbage bags, they rip them open and the peanut butter smells good, so they stick their head in there and try to eat what's in the jar, and then they get stuck in there," Cathy said.

Luckily the little critter appeared to be happy and healthy after it was freed and was released back into its natural habitat which hopefully won't include any more sticky surprises in the future.

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