EMERYVILLE (AP) — A baby raccoon halted traffic in the East Bay after he crawled inside the engine compartment of an SUV stopped at a traffic signal.
The East Bay Times reports that police Lt. Fred Dauer thought he had come across a traffic accident in Emeryville on Friday when he saw cars parked and people standing around using their cellphones.READ MORE: Tsunami Alert Forces Daylong Evacuation of Berkeley Marina
But he quickly learned they had stopped because the driver of an SUV believed a raccoon he saw in the street had climbed inside his vehicle.
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Dauer opened the hood and used a pole to free the 5- to 6-week-old raccoon, whom an animal officer named “Throttle.”
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