ARLINGTON, Va, (WUSA) - When raccoons make their homes in chimneys, the human homeowners are usually not happy to share that space, and the raccoons' fate is not what the animals had expected.
But one raccoon family lucked out recently, with an assist from the Humane Wildlife Services, a wildlife-conflict solution service provided to homeowners and businesses in the Washington, D.C., area by The Humane Society of the United States.
HWS came to the aid of an Arlington homeowner who realized a raccoon family had taken up residence inside the chimney. Staffers with Humane Wildlife Services were successful in rescuing the trapped babies. Then they rehydrated the little ones, and finally, were able to reunite them with their mother--all while putting measures in place to ensure the raccoons would find a new home.
For an "awwwww" moment, check out the baby raccoon recovery in this video: