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Pet Raccoon Gets High On Weed And Confuses Firefighters

We want to warn you upfront — this is a story that will cause you to ask a lot of questions that will likely never be answered.

According to local NBC affiliate WTHR, an Indianapolis woman called upon local firefighters when her pet raccoon somehow ingested loads of marijuana and she worried the pet raccoon might be overdosing.

She was so worried, in fact, that she didn’t call her veterinarian or 911, but instead approached the fire department at 2 a.m. and began furiously ringing their doorbell. Wayne Township Fire Capt. Mike Pruitt told WTHR the doorbell was rung so many times, firefighters worried something seriously dangerous had occurred.

Instead they were greeted by a woman and her pet raccoon, high as hell.

“They could tell that the raccoon was lethargic and met all of those symptoms that we typically run into when someone’s been exposed to marijuana,” Pruitt said. “It really left the guys scratching their heads that someone brought a raccoon to the firehouse at 2 a.m. seeking help.”

While the firefighters dealt with the stoned raccoon and its owner, dispatchers were on radio trying to deduce the cause. Speculation started that the raccoon might actually be on meth or heroin, and someone suggested they Narcan the pet raccoon if necessary.

Eventually the firefighters and dispatchers gave up, with one citing the whole situation was just “too weird.” The only thing to do when you become too high is let time takes its course. Now we know that extends to pet raccoons as well.


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