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A raccoon family is rescued from the Home Depot garden center in Durango

Colorado Jill

(Colorado) A raccoon family recently made themselves comfortable at a Home Depot in Durango, Colorado.

The large home improvement store has an impressive garden center, and the mom of four must have thought it was a good spot to raise a family.

The raccoons, who are mostly nocturnal, had the place to themselves at night and could feast on plants and berries to their hearts' content. But during the day, hundreds of customers roamed through the family's home, and this became problematic.

On Friday, June 2nd, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) received a call that a mother and four baby raccoons were bunking at Home Depot. The four kits were found hiding in cinder blocks, and the mom was under a pallet.

With the help of a forklift and a catch pole, CPW officers caught the kits and the mother, put them in a kennel, and transported the family south of Durango to a new home. The mother raccoon was happy to race out of the kennel into her new spacious outdoor home, but the kits were reluctant to leave the plastic box and needed some encouragement.

A CPW officer tried using gravity to get the kits out of the kennel, as seen on this Twitter video, and eventually had to scoop them out and place them on the ground.

The relocation team watched from a distance as the mother reunited with her babies. As it turns out, Home Depot is a great place to shop but not the best place to live.

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