The New York Police Department (NYPD) reportedly facilitated in the rescue of a raccoon in Manhattan on Monday, and a video featuring the rescue has people claiming that the “NYPD can’t even save a raccoon right.”
According to UPI, police were called to a building, where a raccoon was on a 20-foot ledge. The raccoon scaled the building, according to the New York Post, though it is unclear if the creature was stuck.
In the video, the raccoon can be seen falling from the building as onlookers scream and as rescuers hold out a green tarp for it to land on. A person reportedly nudged the raccoon off the ledge. The raccoon hits the tarp, which was apparently not being held properly, before slamming into the sidewalk. The raccoon, however, manages to scurry away from the scene.
At least one officer with the NYPD can be seen in the video overlooking the rescue, and another can be seen toward the end of the video. While police were at the scene, it is unclear if they were the ones holding the tarp.
Nevertheless, the officers are the ones getting mocked for what people claim is a botched rescue attempt. “NYPD can’t even save a raccoon right,” one of the top comments reads on the video posted to TikTok.
The video’s posting on TikTok alone has garnered over 3 million views. “BYE THE COPS CAN NEVER DO ANYTHING RIGHT,” another user wrote.
Others are questioning whether it is appropriate to use the term “rescue” when describing the incident. “Did they really rescue him because they didn’t even catch him,” one said.
Another called it the “worst rescue of all time” because onlookers “screamed when it was falling,” and rescuers “dropped it when he landed.
Viewers are also singling out the one person they think let the raccoon down. “The person who wasn’t holding their corner,” one said with the “eye mouth eye emoji” meme.
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