Recently, two men were working in an abandoned home in Ambergris Caye, Belize, when they heard a growl. The surprised workers looked up and saw an old couch suddenly move. The men thought it might be a crocodile, since the home was in a wet and marshy area, so they called Aces Wildlife Rescue for help.
When rescuers arrived, they realized the noise wasn’t coming from a crocodile but someone much smaller.
“They don’t really sound alike, but if you’re somewhere where there might be crocs, and you’re nervous of crocs and then you hear a growl right behind you, you might just think [it’s a] croc!” an Aces representative
It was a mother raccoon trying to protect her babies.
By the time rescuers approached the couch, the mother raccoon had fled — nervous about the humans. But she was nearby, waiting for the moment she could reunite with her babies.
Rescuers knew just what to do.
“We placed the babies in a tub and stood back to let mama come and retrieve all three and carry them off one by one,” Aces wrote in a Facebook post.