April 4, 2018 10:01 am

Toronto Wildlife Centre urges residents to clean recyclables after raccoon stuck in jar

A picture of a raccoon with its head stuck in a jar near a Scarborough ravine.

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Toronto wildlife officials are reminding residents to wash their recyclables prior to putting them out on the curb after a raccoon was found with a jar stuck on its head last week.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) posted images of the incident on Monday after a passerby found the creature near a ravine in east-end Toronto.

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Wildlife staff were called to the scene and managed to remove the jar from the raccoon’s head.

“They found he had a wound on his snout and hind leg, so he was taken to see TWC’s medical staff,” officials said on Facebook.

“They treated the wounds, and also gave him a bath to remove grease that appeared to be on his fur.”

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The wildlife centre said the animal was released back to the ravine where it was originally found after five days of care.

Officials are urging residents to thoroughly wash any jars or containers before they are deposited in blue bins.

“Make sure to clean all recyclables before putting them outside in a tightly secured bin!” TWC said.

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