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This Raccoon Has Some Regrets

Nobody's perfect.

Life is full of decisions - some good, some bad.

This little guy chose the latter. He got stuck.

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There's no telling exactly what the lovable, but hapless raccoon was thinking when he decided to wedge his head through a clearly too-small opening on a sewer grate. But it's fair to say he wishes he'd thought about it a little longer.

See that face? That is the face of regret.

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Fortunately, the clumsy coon's self-imposed predicament didn't go unnoticed.

He was discovered this week outside a medical center in Massachusetts, after which Northampton Police Department animal control officer Shayla Howe stepped in to help.

Freeing the raccoon wouldn't be so easy, however.

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It wasn't simply a matter of nudging the raccoon back down through, like opening a bottle of wine at a picnic without a corkscrew. His head was so tightly jammed, Howe had to remove the grate and lube him up with cooking oil first.

"It took a while," she told MassLive / The Republican.

Again - regrets.

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In the end, all that effort (and the greasy mess) paid off.

The rueful raccoon was finally free!

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Despite that awkward ordeal, Howe found the raccoon to be uninjured and in good health, so she released him from custody - hopefully having learned his lesson about where not to stick his head.

With raccoons though, you never know.