By Web Staff
DEDHAM, Massachusetts (WBZ) — Police in Dedham are sharing tips for keeping animals out of your chimney after two baby raccoons were rescued from a resident’s fireplace.
“Their eyes aren’t even open yet – they are likely just two weeks old!” police posted to Facebook along with a video that appears to show the two infant raccoons hugging.
The department said chimneys have been “popular spots” this season for raccoons and their babies looking for shelter – with the smoke shelf acting as a nesting spot.
Anyone who finds raccoons there can try making a lot of noise, shining a light, or placing rags soaked in vinegar in their fireplace. But if the animals are still there, or the mother leaves the babies behind, it’s time to call animal control or a professional.
Police added that a chimney cap is a good way to prevent animals from getting inside in the first place.
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