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Flint – Two police officers are credited with rescuing a baby raccoon that was trapped in a barrel of sludge.

Officers Maria Reed and Timothy Hilliker were responding to a call Tuesday about a strange screaming noise in Flint and found the animal, the Flint Police Department said on its Facebook page.

The raccoon “was running out of energy and nearly drowning,” the post said. Hilliker kicked over the barrel to free the animal, which “just laid on the ground from exhaustion,” and an area resident helped officers clean it up with a hose and dry it off.

Photos show Reed cradling the raccoon in a towel as it recovered. Police contacted a local animal rescue to care for the raccoon, the post said.

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