Animal Control rescues raccoon from illegal unsafe trap

Published: May. 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM EDT
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX)--It was a sight one animal control officer said she had never seen.

A curious raccoon in Port St. Lucie needed surgery Monday, after getting caught in an illegal steel trap.

The staff at Kindness Animal Hospital has named the little guy Rooney.

When Rooney was caught Monday morning by Animal Control, he had a steel trap clenched around his front paw.

Wildlife officials say this kind of trap is illegal to use to capture wildlife.

Veterinarians are happy it was only a raccoon in this case.

(sot Dr. Rose Eger/Kindness Animal Hospital "It could have done this to someone's child. Children use their hands like raccoons. A child could have reached into the trap and lost their hand. It could also have been someone's dog or cat who could have gotten their foot caught in the trap.)

Dr. Eger says she had to amputate Rooney's paw but once he recovers, he'll be able to return to the wild.

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