After spending the last 18 months behind bars at the Tropiquaria Zoo in Somerset, England, a raccoon named Missy has made a bold break for freedom.
According to her former keepers, the animal which had not shown any interest in running away before, seized upon a rare opportunity last night. Heavy rains and recent flooding sufficiently softened the soil around Missy's enclosure making it possible for her to dig a hole beneath it large enough to slip through and escape her life of captivity.
"We have had a number of problems with the recent flooding and have had to evacuate some animals from outside enclosures, but we really thought that the raccoons were safe," zoo director Chris Moiser tells the County-Gazette.
While raccoons aren't native to the UK, Moiser added that the escapee may do just fine in her new life on the outside, warning locals to stay clear as she may bite to avoid being recaptured.
"Missy will not have any problems in surviving in the English climate but it does worry us that she is out."
The zoo says that Missy's partner, Rocky the raccoon, may be regretting not joining her in the break-out and has been comfort eating ever since.