There seems to be a rash (if you can define rash as two) cute baby animals finding their way into really tiny, unusual places. First off is the story of two little raccoons that made their home in a soda vending machine.
They should name them Pepsi and Coke!
Raccoons Rescued From Inside Pepsi Machine
They saw two raccoon faces peering out from behind the machine.
“They just kind of came peeking around there and before I knew it, they were all the way out here kind of looking at me,” said Linda McWater. “I really thought it was best to get someone that knows what they’re doing. We called several people and I finally got hold of the Skunk Whisperer.”
The Skunk Whisperer, Ned Bruha, has rescued all types of wild animals from inside attics and under houses. So while the call was unusual to the apartment residents, it was just another day for him.
“They put money in and a little raccoon hand came out,” Ned said. “All wildlife wants is food, water and shelter, that’s all wildlife wants. That raccoon has substituted that water with Pepsi.”
After the Pepsi vendor opened the machine, Ned was able to use a little of his quiet coaxing and a gentle poke in the backside with a bent coat hanger to evict the troublesome twins from their poolside condominium.
“This is what we do every day,” said Ned, “and when we can save an animal’s life, that makes it so much better.”
The raccoon kits were relocated to much more appropriate accommodations at a local wildlife sanctuary.
The second story involves a kitten and a mailbox. in Boston
A Special Delivery: A Kitten found in a street mailbox
She was locked in the dark with nowhere to go. Amid letters, bills, and packages sat a small, frightened two-pound kitten, abandoned inside a streetcorner mailbox in Hyde Park.
“That’s horrible. That’s inhumane. I just can’t believe it,” said José González, 37, who lives in the house adjacent to the mailbox. He speculated that whoever left the cat may have put it in the mailbox because it is checked a few times each day.
On Saturday, a letter carrier discovered the kitten, who was malnourished and shaking, but healthy overall, inside the mailbox at the intersection of Arlington and Davison streets, said Brian Adams, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The 8-week-old kitten was named Postina. by the MSPCA’s assistant manager after it arrived at the organization’s Jamaica Plain headquarters Saturday afternoon.
“She thought it was appropriate, being that she was somewhat mailed,” Adams said.
Because the postman had to complete his route, a woman who witnessed the discovery brought the cat to the MSPCA.
“She came to us through a fortunate set of events, through the good acts of several people,” said Adams, who said the pair involved in Postina’s rescue wanted to remain anonymous.
Postina, a friendly white, orange, and black calico cat, was nourished back to health, given vaccinations, and is up for adoption.
“We’ve been getting about 10 calls an hour,” said Adams. “People are really connecting to her story and it is certainly going to bring out a magnifying glass to animals who are homeless or need a home.”
Agabus Lartey, 51, the pastor of Family Life Fellowship on Arlington Street said the abandonment was inhumane.
“A good man treats his animals well,” he said. “I know times are hard, but that’s too much.”
Instances of pet abandonment have increased dramatically during the recession, said Adams. While the MSPCA does not count abandonment cases, there has been “a significant increase” in Boston and statewide. This time of the year is the busiest for shelters, since many mothers deliver new litters of kittens and puppies that cannot find homes.
Postina has adjusted well to her temporary home. Though initially hesitant to meet a group of reporters in the MSPCA lobby today, she quickly adjusted to the spotlight.
“She obviously is a very forgiving cat, regardless of how she has been treated in the past,” he said.
Adams said anyone interested in adopting Postina should come to the MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain to fill out an application. The deadline to apply to adopt Postina is Thursday, though hundreds of other cats are available.
Cat and dog owners in Boston who need to give up their pets can do so for free at the MSPCA, Adams said. The organization also offers low cost veterinary services, like spaying and neutering for as little as $50.
The MSPCA is asking anyone with information about Postina’s abandonment to call its law enforcement department at 617-522-6008 or 800-628-5808. Animal abandonment is a felony crime with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
It is illegal to mail animals like cats and dogs, though creatures that can survive without attention for 72 hours, like earthworms, grasshoppers, and bees, can be sent through the Postal Service, officials said.
I am very glad that both stories had a happy ending.
Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Graham Ten