Carefree raccoon hitches a ride on the back of a garbage truck

What a day.

A raccoon who seemed to be interested in the wonders of a garbage truck ended up taking an accidental 7-mile ride on the back on Friday.

Politico reporter Helena B. Evich snapped a picture of the poor creature gripping the ladder of the truck in Rosslyn, Virginia.

She noted in a tweet that the driver and the company, American Disposal Services, were helpful and responsive when she alerted them to the raccoon situation.

The raccoon is doing just fine now after its little joyride.

"As soon as we found out that the raccoon was on the truck, the driver pulled over because we didn't want the raccoon to get injured," Anna Wilkinson, communications director for American Disposal Services, told ARL Now.

The raccoon was unharmed and safely got down from the vehicle, a company representative confirmed to The Huffington Post.

That wasn't the end of the creature's crazy story, though.

American Disposal Services called Falls Church animal control to handle the raccoon, but by the time they arrived, the daring beast had already made his escape.

"The raccoon avoided capture and escaped towards the Larry Graves park area," said a news release from the city of Falls Church.

Officials asked residents to contact authorities if they saw a raccoon showing signs of illness or "hitching a ride on a vehicle."

Poor, sweet trash panda.

See how people reacted to the tweet:

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Carefree raccoon hitches a ride on the back of a garbage truck
@hbottemiller Great inspirational office poster.
@hbottemiller That poor animal just wants to get home, back to his family, back to his familiar territory.
@hbottemiller dammit missed a real good opportunity for a "this is all of us on Twitter" joke

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