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This Rescued Raccoon Got A Second Chance At Life Thanks To A Kindly Canadian

"I couldn't let an animal die, it's as simple as that."

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This precious little bean is Mona, a baby raccoon saved by a dog rescue that just couldn't say no to an animal in need.

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Mona was taken in by Thunder Dog Rescue, run by Rebbeca Estey in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She usually focuses on moms with their pups, but when she got a call about two orphaned raccoon kits in June, she knew she had to help.

Sadly, one of the raccoons was hit by a car, but Estey managed to save Mona and quickly nursed her back to health.

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"She was dehydrated so I just mixed up a solution with salt and sugar and water to get her hydrated again," Estey told BuzzFeed Canada. "Then I started bottle feeding her, because they’re kind of like puppies."

"She’s quite the little character and they’re amazing things to watch," said Estey. "Even just to watch her play in her little enclosure is just something else."

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She also likes to use those cute little hands to steal everything in sight.


"One day she was sitting on my lap and I wasn’t really paying attention to her and I noticed she had all these papers. Then I realized she had my wallet."

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And cuddles.

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But Mona can't stay forever. With nowhere nearby to send her, Estey is getting ready to fly Mona to a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Lively, Ontario. And thanks to Estey, she'll be released back into the wild one day.

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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