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We often receive calls about raccoons stuck in waste containers
These raccoons aren’t usually hurt. They’re often happy because their bellies are full!
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The city’s bylaw department is sharing a neat trick to get “trash pandas” out of your garbage bin without their help: Build them a little ramp to freedom after they feast.“We often receive calls about raccoons stuck in waste containers,” the folks at bylaw said Tuesday. “These raccoons aren’t usually hurt. They’re often happy because their bellies are full!“We ask that instead of calling 311, create a makeshift ramp and they’ll move on when ready.”And we’ll say it for them: secure your garbage next time, folks!In other nature-in-the-city news, bylaw is busting the long-held myth that a baby animal that’s had contact with a human will be rejected by its mom.“Not true!” said the experts. “If you found a baby animal and moved it to be helpful, please return it to its den, as mom is most likely out looking for food and will return.” ALSO IN THE NEWS:Flooding updates: Volunteers needed Tuesday as water peaks approachSenators respond to Simpsons’ jab in Canadian fashionFirefighters battle flames at flooded Constance Bay home