On Tuesday, the Austin Police Department had to make a very unique rescue. Around 2 pm, APD tweeted photos of an officer holding a small raccoon that had been rescued from a car. "Earlier today, APD rescued a pet raccoon that had been locked in a hot car. Please don't leave pets in hot cars," the tweet read.
After several queries from followers regarding the legality of even owning a raccoon as a pet, APD responded that, no, technically you're not allowed to keep the little critters as pets.
It's actually not legal to have a pet raccoon. It's also not legal to leave any animal in a hot car. Raccoon is now with Animal Control.— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) July 8, 2014
After taking a long drink from the officer's 7-Eleven Big Gulp, the young woodland creature is now safe. But let this be a lesson for Austinites about the dangers of leaving pets — any kind of pet — in the car during hot summer months.