On the way back to our hotel after dinner, we got lost and ended up in a tunnel, where Kevin noticed a raccoon who had just been hit by a car. Though it seemed unlikely there was much hope, we turned around and stopped our cars in the middle of the tunnel. The poor guy was bleeding from his nose, mouth and eyes, and his front paws were limp. We broke down a cardboard box to create a makeshift stretcher, and as we were huddled in the middle of the road trying to get the poor raccoon out of harm's way, a man with two dogs in his car slowed down, asked if we were trying to help an animal, shouted out an address in Boulder, and then quickly sped off without another word.
So we turned Kevin’s car into an ambulance, and with Eric tending to the injured raccoon in back, we raced into town, trusting that we’d find something or somebody helpful at the mysterious address. And in fact, we found a 24-hour vet clinic.
With all four of us advocating for the poor critter, it seems the staff had no choice but to give this very lucky raccoon a real chance. Ronnie, as they named him, got a full exam, painkillers, and oxygen. And with all that help, he pulled through the night and was transferred the next day to Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where they continued to treat his collapsed lung and head trauma.
Amazingly, Ronnie is now doing very well, and is expected to be released back into the wild within a few days. Had any aspect of the timing been even a little bit different, he surely would not have made it.
We left Boulder feeling as if we had received a wonderful gift, and with a very personal reminder that to each animal in need, our help is what makes all the difference in the world.
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