Thu. May 19th, 2022

A rattling raccoon got stuck on a fourth-floor Manhattan ledge for hours Friday — pulling a large crowd of spectators before officers in a bucket lift could bring it to safety.

Police arrived at 21 West 16th Street around 1.30pm after the masked marauder apparently climbed up the drain pipe of the Chelsea building only to be too scared to come down again.

“He looked like he’s having a bad day, like he’s a hangover,” said resident Eric Jeng, who worked at home when he heard a commotion outside his apartment.

At first, Jeng was confused by the growing group of people who stopped to stare up at his building – and then he discovered the curl in the window sill one floor below.

“Eventually the raccoon rises up another level to my window sills and gets stuck right there by my AC unit,” he reminded The Post.

NYPD officers rescued a raccoon trapped on a window sill at 21 West 16h Street on October 8, 2021.
NYPD officers rescued a raccoon trapped on a window sill at 21 West 16th Street on October 8, 2021.
William Farrington for the NY Post
The raccoon was caught after it allegedly climbed up the drain pipe.
The raccoon was caught after it allegedly climbed up the drain pipe.
William Farrington for the NY Post

The tired animal could be seen pushing itself against Jeng’s window and trying to hide from the eyes of the officers and spectators below.

“He looked tired,” Jeng remarked. “He kept hiding his head away from everyone.”

The entire ordeal lasted nearly two hours, Jeng said, as officers with the NYPD’s Emergency Response Service Unit considered it the best means of rescuing the raccoon.

Resident Eric Jeng took a photo of the critter near his AC unit outside his Chelsea apartment.
Resident Eric Jeng took a photo of the critter near his AC unit outside his Chelsea apartment.
Eric Jeng
Jeng said it seemed like the raccoon had
Jeng said it seemed like the raccoon had “a bad day.”
William Farrington for the NY Post

“At one point I was like ‘what’s going to happen?'” Jeng recalled.

Two officers lifted in a bucket loader could eventually lasso the bandit and bring it safely down – as the crowd of about 50 people clapped and cheered.

Jeng, who said he had never seen a raccoon in his neighborhood before, noticed how cautious police were in their rescue operation, choosing to use the lift and grab the animal from the outside instead of pulling it in through a window.

The rescue effort to rescue the stranded raccoon lasted nearly two hours.
The rescue effort to rescue the stranded raccoon lasted nearly two hours.
William Farrington for the NY Post
A crowd gathered outside the apartment building to watch the rescue.
A crowd gathered outside the apartment building to watch the rescue.
William Farrington for the NY Post

“Theoretically, we could have taken my raccoon from my other window, but they were afraid … that if he got out of the lasso with his hands, he would fall,” Jeng said.

“So the police played it really safe and brought in a bridge car and sent two guys up there and grabbed it pretty quickly one they had all sorted out.”

He added: “It was a happy ending to the story.”

“It was just one of those moments in New York.”

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