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They Heard A Strange Noise Coming From Their Yard, Only To Find This Clumsy Critter

Raccoons are thought of as sneaky, little thieves, clever enough to get away with just about anything while wearing those bandit masks. But, like all stereotypes and generalizations, there are exceptions.

This raccoon in Tuckerton, New Jersey, got a little too curious…

Just because it looks like you can fit your head into the hole, doesn”t necessarily mean it”s an experiment worth testing out.

Just because it <em>looks</em> like you can fit your head into the hole, doesn

This little guy probably just wanted to snag a nut from inside the nook, but ended up in a tight spot.

This little guy probably just wanted to snag a nut from inside the nook, but ended up in a tight spot.

…Literally.

Firefighters didn”t want to simply pull the critter out, for fear of injuring him.

Firefighters didn

After a little bit of brainstorming…

After a little bit of brainstorming...

Wayne Tonnesen, a retired New Jersey conservation officer, had the very clever idea to widen the hole with an air chisel.

Wayne Tonnesen, a retired New Jersey conservation officer, had the very clever idea to widen the hole with an air chisel.

And after a bit of finagling…

And after a bit of finagling...

And a lot of patience…

And a lot of patience...

The not-so-sneaky raccoon slunk away, unharmed.

The not-so-sneaky raccoon slunk away, unharmed.

(And entirely ashamed.)

(via Metro, Facebook)

Hopefully this little guy learned his lesson – don”t stick your head where it doesn”t belong! Thanks to the Tuckerton Fire Department for setting him free!