Police Get Call for Raccoon Doing Circles With Jar On Its Head - NBC New York

Police Get Call for Raccoon Doing Circles With Jar On Its Head

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    A raccoon panicked after getting its head stuck in a peanut butter jar on Long Island on Sunday.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017)

    This raccoon learned the hard way not to stick its hand -- er, its head -- in the peanut butter jar.

    A Long Island family called police Sunday after seeing a raccoon frantically running in circles with an empty peanut butter jar over its head.

    The critter had apparently gotten into a recycling bin in the Farmingdale neighborhood. 

    Police contacted licensed wild life rehabilitators Bobby Horvath and Cathy St. Pierre. Horvath told News 4 he grabbed the raccoon with a snare from behind some bushes, and St. Pierre put some olive oil on the animal's head and pulled the jar off.

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    The animal scampered off, apparently uninjured. 

    It's not the first time a raccoon got its head stuck inside a peanut butter jar on Long Island. In 2011, utility crews were called to rescue a raccoon stuck on top of a utility pole in Ronkonkoma with a peanut butter jar on its head. Local children gathered around and began calling the animal "Skippy."