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Florida truck driver rescues family of raccoons stuck inside dumpster


BRADENTON, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida truck driver came to the rescue of a family of raccoons stuck inside a dumpster in Bradenton.

Robert Acton told Fox 13 he was making an early morning stop on his delivery route when he heard a rustling noise from a dumpster outside of a business.

Acton said inside the dumpster were 10 raccoons searching through the rubbish. Acton said that while the raccoons were able to get in, they appeared to be unable to get out.

“Their momma taught them to get in the trash and they shouldn’t have,” Acton told the station.

The help the furry creatures, Acton put a pallet from his truck in the dumpster, creating a ladder for the raccoons that allowed them to get out.

Acton said this isn’t the first time he has helped the family. Just a week before, he used a wooden board to help the raccoons who had found themselves stuck in the same predicament.

“There must’ve been 20 of them, and they got in but couldn’t get out,” he told Fox 13.

Acton said he didn’t want the raccoons to get hurt.

“We should always be kind to Mother Nature, so I’m going to help these little guys,” he said.  “I’d hate to think of a compactor coming and throwing them in the back. That wouldn’t be good.”

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