Le-mur-alone! Raccoon has worst day ever after being chased up tree and then falling in water
We all have those days when nothing seems to go right and it appears it’s the same for the animal kingdom too.
In this case, a raccoon was seen having a string of bad luck after it was chased up a tree only to fall into a pond of cold water.
The hilarious moment occurred when the cute critter managed to find its way inside the enclosure of a group of lemurs at North Carolina Zoo.
But the livid lemurs did not take well to the unwelcome guest and it was forced to take refuge in a nearby tree.
After waiting for the coast to clear, the stripy creature then attempted to get higher but ended up losing its grip on the way down.
Captured by American photographer, Evan Hambrick, 32, the poor creature is seen plummeting 30 feet out of the tree into the murky water below.
To add insult to injury, the panicked raccoon then struggled to find a way out of the water before coming across a hanging branch.
Evan said: “Lemurs are notoriously alert at zoos, almost acting like sentries, always looking out for things that could happen on their own island but that day something did actually happen.
“I wondered what a raccoon was doing in a tree on the Lemur Island, I thought maybe, just maybe, they paired the animals together, because this is a common practice in zoos.
“After I heard excessive barking from the Lemurs, I knew this was not the case.
“It seemed that the young raccoon had fallen into the exhibit over night or in the morning and had to swim to the island, since it is an Island once you’re in you can’t escape.
“So once on the island it was probably biding its time, thinking of a way to escape when all of a sudden five lemurs are released into the Lemur Island.
“All the raccoon could probably do was run up the tree for safety.
“Climbing to a higher branch the raccoon realised it was too big to climb up and started the descent down, and during this moment it lost its gripping on the bark.
“It was thrown into a free-fall down 30 feet to the ground, inches away from a rock that could have easily killed it.
“Thankfully for raccoons, they are amazing swimmers and can swim for up to 2 hours.
“As soon as the raccoon got out, he shook his coat and rested for a couple of seconds, probably thinking about what just happened.
“It was an amazing event and I’m so glad I was able to witness it.”