Amazing Video: Raccoon Leaps Off Light Pole, Runs Away


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV/CBS)-- A raccoon, stuck for hours atop a light pole, was the talk of one Kansas City neighborhood.

The furry creature, first spotted clinging to the top of the metal light pole Tuesday morning, drew the interest and concern of many residents that live in the area. It perched atop the pole precariously.

A bowl of water and several pieces of food were left at the base of the pole by residents that had hoped to coax the raccoon down.

The light pole, estimated at between 25 to 30 feet tall and split by two streetlights, is located along 108th Street, near 291 Highway in Kansas City, MO.

Questions remain as to how the animal managed get to get to the top of the metal light pole.

KCTV 5 sent a photographer to the scene after several residents called and asked for help. Some residents were upset that the city didn't do more to help the animal.

An animal control officer that had responded to scene said there wasn't much that could be done. The officer said raccoons are mostly active at night and sometimes find ways to get stuck in strange situations. During daylight hours, raccoons can suffer sun-blindness making it even more difficult to get around. The officer assumed the raccoon would make it down the pole during evening hours.

Dana Riegel lives near the light pole. Riegel said that at about 9 p.m. a worker from Black and McDonald construction arrived to perform regularly scheduled maintenance on the light pole.

When the worker got close to the raccoon, he poked the animal with a pole. The raccoon then leapt from its perch and fell to the ground.

Riegel, an active duty service woman with the U.S. Army, caught the rescue on video.

When the raccoon went airborne Riegel said she was speechless, "I was relieved when she bounced up, hopped from the scene and jumped a few fences as she ran to safety."

Reigel said several residents gathered to watch the rescue attempt and it was a good that the story had a happy ending.

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