A raccoon buried alive owes his life to good-hearted children

The helpless raccoon was in big trouble after being buried alive, but luckily, he got a second chance after two very kind young men accidentally found him and saved his life! Dramatic salvation was captured on camera, and now these two are called heroes everywhere.

It was the 14-year-old Dayton and his 12-year-old brother Rylen who rescued the hopeless animal from imminent disaster. Two brothers and their father, Drey McMillan, returned home after a family reunion. Since their property is surrounded by forest, the two boys often go to explore the area, which they did this time. But a few minutes later, walking through the woods, they stumbled upon a broken animal hole. Fearing that there might be a helpless animal inside, Dayton and Rylen rushed to investigate.

Unfortunately, their fears were true, as the poor raccoon was trapped inside. Unable to move, the tiny animal was frightened and confused, so the boys knew they had to act quickly to save his life. They had no idea how long the animal had been trapped, so it was obvious to them that every second mattered. As they were very close to their house, they rushed home to tell their father about that. After hearing the news, Drey grabbed a shovel and followed his boys.

«They saw a raccoon at a depth of 2-3 feet in a hole. Only his head and front paws were sticking out of the ground,» explained the boys’ father. «The boys came to me immediately and told me what they had found. When I came, the raccoon was suffocating. It was very sad to see an animal fighting for its own survival».

Without knowing the exact position of the raccoon’s body, the trio — the father and the boys had to be very careful when digging the ground around the animal to avoid harming it. The rescue was more difficult than they thought, and it was already dark, so they decided to seek help from the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The Centre immediately dispatched a volunteer to the scene, and together they finally managed to free the animal after several hours of intensive rescue. After the release, a raccoon was brought to the Wild West Centre for examination. Fortunately, it was a very short visit, as he had no injuries. So they let him back into the woods, and the two boys couldn’t be happier!

“I could see the sense of accomplishment in my boys,” the proud dad said. “They were very excited that the animal was released safely. I could tell this would be something they would never forget.”

You can watch the dramatic rescue below!

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