It all began one morning in St. Augustine, Florida, when Sharon Moyer’s dachshunds started barking crazily, The St. Augustine Record reports. When Moyer went into her yard, she discovered a raccoon with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar. The hapless critter was losing oxygen fast.
Agricultural Deputy George Letts responded to Moyer’s call. Letts and another deputy cut the jar off the raccoon’s head and even performed chest compressions on the little rascal. Once revived, the newly freed raccoon took a few moments to get his bearings, scooted off through the bushes, and finally disappeared through a hole in the fence.
“Thanks to the know-how and compassion of Deputy Letts and the others involved in this heartwarming rescue, this raccoon got a second chance at life,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA salutes the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for standing ready to protect and serve not only human residents but also the wildlife who call the area home.”