Raccoon gives birth in an odd, unexpected place


A raccoon in Sarasota, Florida, reportedly gave birth in the backseat of a convertible on Friday.

The mother raccoon was first discovered by workers at an auto detailing shop in Florida’s Manatee County near Sarasota. Apparently, the raccoon squeezed through a plastic cover on the cars’ window.

Initially, only one baby was discovered. However, as animal rescuers opened the trunk, they came across yet another newborn.

The Herald-Tribune reports the animals tore up the sun shades, but no serious damage was done to the vehicle. The mother and babies were put into a kennel for the first few days, and then were eventually released into the woods.

Raccoons typically have anywhere between three and five babies per litter. Since no other newborns were found, this suggests the mother may still be pregnant. In other words: if you own a convertible, you may want to do a double take of your backseat before driving off.

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