An adventurous raccoon was close to becoming a high school’s most popular mascot, beloved for passing out vending machine snacks free of charge.
But unfortunately, this little guy’s snack plan was foiled when the raccoon realized that sneaking inside of a vending machine was much easier than sneaking back out.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shared a humorous story of a raccoon caught red-handed while trying to thieve snacks from a vending machine at a Florida high school.
“This gentleman was apprehended today while committing a burglary of a vending machine at Pine Ridge High School,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shared on Facebook.
The photos showed the raccoon, who likely clamored inside the machine with great anticipation, perched among the chips, Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispie treats.
In a second photo, the raccoon is pictured peering out of the clear plastic door near the bottom of the machine, perhaps wondering if it was the best thing ever or perhaps a bit troubling to be trapped inside a delicious land of snacks.
But before the raccoon could eat everything in sight or share his snacks with anyone, Florida animal control officials stepped in to help the furry guy out.
Officials decided that the best course of action would be to move the vending machine outdoors so the raccoon could quickly and safely escape.
“What they did was put the vending machine on a dolly and wheel it to the back of the school,” Andrew Gant, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told The Dodo. “Then they opened the door and the raccoon ran to freedom on his own. They didn’t want to freak him out.”
The sheriff’s office posted a video of the moment the raccoon was able to run free, crediting Deputy Danny Clifton and Deltona Animal Control with the animal’s safe escape.
“He did so with a little encouragement, and he’s off to his next adventure,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
Clifton reportedly let the raccoon off with just a warning. While some people view raccoons as more of a thieving nuisance, Grant was a bit charmed by the creature’s adventuresome ways.
“I love raccoons,” he said.
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