A group of boaters in Maryland celebrating the Fourth of July helped a juvenile raccoon that was frantically pleading for assistance. To help the animal hold on while being rescued, a clever crew member thought toss down a life jacket. They started tugging the raccoon back to land while it was still holding onto the life preserver, then they gave him to a zodiac to return to land.
“During the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, one of our crew aboard our boat heard a yelping sound and at first it sounded like birds overhead,” writes Peter, one of the boaters, on YouTube. “Several hours later we finally found the source of the cry — a young raccoon treading water on the side of the boat. Not wanting to pick it up out of the water, we threw it a life preserver to climb upon and then towed it to land.”