Baby raccoon rescued from drain pipe

September 16, 2011 5:00:38 PM PDT
A baby raccoon was rescued by the Marin Humane Society from a gutter drain pipe where it was trapped after children in the neighborhood heard its cries Thursday afternoon.

The one-month-old raccoon was discovered on Alconbury Way in the Hamilton area of Novato around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, humane society officials said.

The rescue took more than two hours and required the use of a plumbing camera to help locate the animal and safely remove him.

"Many thanks go to the astute young observers who alerted us to an animal in distress," said Sgt. Michelle Rogers of the humane society. "The little guy was cold, hungry and dehydrated, but it could have been a lot worse."

The raccoon is now recovering at the WildCare wildlife rehabilitation center in San Rafael.