Roxanna Sherwood was at work on Tuesday morning when she got this text.
Her eight-year-old son Rio’s babysitter Ana Perez had taken the photo, and Rio had written the text.
And there it was: a raccoon sitting on the windowsill of her son’s bedroom next to the plastic dinosaur and the old sled and the stuffed snake in their eighth floor apartment at 93rd Street and West End Avenue.
“Rio was getting ready for school at 8:20 a.m.,” she told us. “The sitter went in and out of Rio’s bedroom to get Rio’s clothes and the raccoon was hissing wildly at her each time. The raccoon remained in the room for a few hours after they went to school. The super tried to get it out with a stick but it refused to leave. When I spoke to him after he tried, he said he called animal control. Next thing I knew, I saw on the local news that it was actually the NYPD emergency services unit that showed up to get him out!”
We are trying to find out where the raccoon was released and are waiting on word from the police.
Please help us come up with a nickname for this intrepid creature in the comments!