Woman Suffers Head Trauma Saving Baby Raccoons
Laura Guttridge of Florida has been saving animals all her life. Her rescues have ranged from untangling pelicans from fishing line to relocating the endangered gopher tortoises from construction sites. One afternoon she received a call about a nest of raccoons that needed to be rescued from an attic The mother had been trapped, and relocated days before, forcing her to leave behind her babies. The homeowner did not realize the nest existed until he heard cries days later.
"When I got up in the attic, it was hot and dark. My little flashlight barely provided any light. To make the matter worse, there was tons of snowy insulation so I could not really see the rafters. I felt the floor starting to give, but kept searching for the nest."
Moments later, Laura lost her footing on the rafters and fell through landing on the homeowner’s backyard patio.My head hit the concrete and I was bleeding pretty bad," Laura said.
Feeling embarrassed but un-deterred, Laura insisted on going back up in the attic. The homeowner reluctantly allowed her to return.
"While up there, the cut on my head continued to bleed," Laura said, "I was a real mess when I finally got out but I had four of the cutest little baby raccoons ever. They all survived rehabilitation and were reunited with their mom. I ended up with 14 staples in my skull. The doctor said it was the worst head wound he has ever seen in which a person didn’t lose consciousness. It was certainly a lucky day for those baby raccoons, and for me."