Adorable raccoon rescued from perilous sewer grate

Thanks to the swift work of a Canadian rescue team, a raccoon has been freed from its disgusting prison inside a sewer grate.

John Greer of the Welland SPCA in Ontario told INSIDE EDITION that a young girl contacted the local SPCA after seeing a raccoon with its head sticking out of the bars.

He said that the critters use the sewer system as tunnels that they sneak through, but this particular raccoon got himself stuck.

"If nobody noticed him, he would have died of starvation," Greer explained to INSIDE EDITION. "Sometimes they fight so much he could have turned a certain way and suffocated himself."

The rescue team used a sledgehammer, crowbars and the Jaws of Life to try to set the little guy free.

Greer said that finally, through sheer force, the team was able to push his head back the other way.

The raccoon was then taken to an animal hospital to be checked for injuries, and shortly after released into a grassy field to live happily ever after.

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