You can’t say how long the raccoon was stuck in the hole, unable to escape, but happily for him, Daiton and Rylen had discovered it in time and were eager to assist.
The children’s father, Dray McMillon, told The Dodo:
‘They discovered a raccoon in the hole that was about 2 or 3 feet deep.’ Its head and front legs were the only parts of its body that were visible. The boys immediately phoned me and informed me of their discovery. The raccoon was struggling for oxygen when I arrived.
Dray continued, ”
«It was heartbreaking to witness this animal battle. My kids were certain that we needed to preserve the animal.
They contacted the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center late at night, and volunteers were dispatched to assist in the raccoon’s rescue. They removed him with the aid of the personnel using a catch stick around his neck and shoulders.
The Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s executive director, Stephanie Oravetz, told News Channel 10:
“It had pushed down and crushed two cement slabs and a pile of earth on top, enabling a little mobility between the concrete and the raccoon’s back, but it was full of dirt.”
Fortunately, the raccoon was healthy enough to be released soon after, despite his physical tiredness from the period he was confined. Daiton and Rylen were overjoyed to see the animal go, alive and free, as a result of their efforts.
The children’s father expressed his pride in his children, who were ecstatic to discover that they had saved the life of that small raccoon.
It’s likely that the raccoon would have suffered for a long time if Daiton and Rylen hadn’t found him and struggled for hours to preserve his life. The kids are grateful for having gone for a stroll and for arriving at the right spot at the right time to assist.
Finally, Dray says:
“When we returned home, they expressed their excitement with me. This would be something they would never forget, I realized.