Karma at the Dumpster

OK, sidenote, there used to be these raccoons that would show up whenever we ate dinner outside. We called them: "Señor and Señora Rabies".

The guy that saves this dumpster diving raccoon would prolly frown upon those names.

Oh, and the Natalie Merchant accompanyment must be stopped, Destiny M. It’s sooooo Green Day at your Graduation for crying out loud.



  1. Blessed lands, everyone else next?

    Love raccoons! Got a photo of one in our yard the other day, am going to send it to Meg soon!

  2. AND, by the way, more humans doing good!

  3. tarzankun says:

    awww what a heartfelt story! I was getting over the trauma of my bird humping my toes. This helps.

  4. aw, seeing that left me bawling my eyes out! so sweet.

  5. Aww I love raccoons! I would totally snorgle him if it weren’t for the rabies and such. And yay! for the nice guy who helped him!

  6. marissposa says:

    Yay! Way to go nice man!

  7. Ok, I must be hormonal because this made me cry. Coons are so adorable, too bad they’re generally pests. 😦

  8. I could totally marry that man who rescued the raccoon! What a good guy!

  9. Shannon says:

    Can’t type for tears welling up…..I so need to be reminded that humans can and do do good things for animals. And he did it in such a smart way! Thank the raccoon gods this man had the time and heart to help the little fellow out. Good Karma indeed…. Bless both of them!

  10. fish eye no miko says:

    Awwww… so sweet! Thank you, kind sir!

  11. That was so sweet. When I first saw this video posted, the first commenter mentioned that this situation used to happen so often at his old place that they used to actually keep a plank next to the dumpster to rescue the raccoons. Poor little guys!

  12. Stephanie says:

    This is so sweet! It reminds me of the one time I called animal control to come rescue a poor little racoon from a sewer grate. He was hanging on for dear life when I drove by, so I stoped to see what was going on. The sewer was filled with water and he couldn’t get out and I didn’t want him to drown! I called animal control and they came out and got the little guy out. It feels good to help animals, and its nice to see that other people feel the same way! Good karma is coming to this guy! Hooray for the hero!

  13. Michelle says:

    Awwwwww. >♥<


  14. First I cried, and then I hugged my dog until she was annoyed. I love it when humans help animals.

  15. laineyg6 says:

    Yay!! A Happy Ending! I am totally happy this morning!

  16. Omg, this is the best video to see first thing in te morning…

    *Is that a tear on my keypad?*

  17. bookmonstercats says:

    I understand that raccoons are pests, but they can’t help it. I say the same about sewer rats in this country. they shouldn’t be harmed. I was so sad when I saw how helpless and hopeless the ‘coon was, all curled up in the corner. Yaay for the man who got him out. So clevair as well.

  18. I saw this posted on neatorama. Very heartwarming and I’m glad that guy came out and rescued the racoon. I love racoons so much. They’re totally adorable.

  19. This restores my faith in human nature. I love CO 😀

  20. The poor racoon looked so worried. I’m so happy a benevolent human helped him so he could return to his life in the woods and his family and stuff.

  21. Okay, I’m a little hormonal, but this video made me cry. Way to go, nice man! REAL men are kind to animals. 🙂 Let’s all be inspired to do likewise as we have the opportunity.

  22. *sniff, sniff* Very nice man! Thanks for rescuing garbage bandit!

  23. Awww, I wants me a raccoon!!! Okay, so maybe I can’t actually have one, but they’re just so cute and cuddly looking.

  24. Hon Glad says:

    Hey fellah, I found this stash first, go and find your own.Sheesh!

  25. Justa Duck says:

    That’s a very smart fellow. Having grown up with two teenage boys in the house, I was fully anticipating this guy would jump in the dumpster and try and wrangle the raccoon out barehanded.

  26. lucy's mommeh says:

    Kudos to this fella…I would have ran downstairs & gotten a 2 x 4 myself.
    Glad he looked IN the dumpster before tossing in his trash.
    Suddenly remember getting a call years ago from work to bring in my cat carrier. Someone had tossed a baby cat (about 6 weeks old) into our dumpster. Went home with an employee, got named Lucy & lived happily ever after.

  27. Today my heart belongs to that man.
    His kindness made me all choked up.

    “To You, sir” *Raises glass*

  28. How smart to think of putting that plank in the dumpster so he could climb out!!

    What a great guy to rescue him!

  29. Poor beast.

  30. oh i’m so glad i read the comments to find out i’m not the only one crying at this.

  31. Smart, cool-headed and compassionate. What a combination – a good person. You are indeed a knight in shining armour. Thank you, not only for the rescue, but also for putting love into the world and for making my day.

  32. awww…

  33. Szilvia says:

    Yup, this one made my tears well up.

    A truly kind thing to do!

    Gives you hope about humanity doesn’t it. Thank you for posting it!

  34. If I hadn’t had to pause in the middle to grab the phone, I certainly would have been all teared up too!!! Benevolent man! Lucky raccoon! Yay for happy endings!!!

  35. yep count me in on the criers after watching this. Poor little mite looked SO forlorn curled up in the corner at the beginning just moving it’s eye watching the man.

    Now he/she can go home to his/her family.

    Yay to the man – small deed, big hero.

  36. I wonder if this guy knows how wonderful we all think he is? We definitely need our faith restored in mankind every once in a while. Raccoons are so cute!

  37. Simply heartwarming.

    St. Francis is going to bless this great guy big time. He has some good karma coming his way.

    It’s all about compassion folks.

  38. thank you to the man who saved the little raccoon!

  39. This guys Karma is definitely glowing after such a kind deed 🙂

  40. ButtaRumCake says:

    @Amy: You are SO right (about REAL men)! I agree wholeheartedly.

    Kudos to Mr. Banditpant’s rescuer…smart to keep a plank nearby, too. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

    Me, I’d have been mauled to within an inch of my life ’cause I’d have climbed in and tried to snorgle till the ‘thorities showed up *siiiigh*

  41. I concur that I afraid this would be a bare handed rescue.
    The Golden Rule is alive and well!

  42. Carrie M says:

    We have a dumpster at our greenhouses and twice we’ve had two or three young raccoons who climb the stairs the to the dumpster but can’t get out. I’ve always put a skid down the side to make them a ladder. 🙂

  43. Wow…that actually made me cry.

    How wonderful that the guy helped.

    What a sweet way to start the week.

  44. I love racoons and this little video just made my day! What a heartwarming little story.. poor little guy looked so scared in that dumpster. 😉

  45. yankeebird says:

    Just echoing what all you other peeps have already said: what a wonderful wonderful man to save that scared helpless raccoon. I am bawling like a little girl over here. What a way to start my day.

  46. Awww, that little raccoon looked so scared and alone, and when he climbed out, he looked so mangy. My heart went out to him. So another kudos to raccoon saving guy!

  47. Krys O. says:

    The poor little bandit face was probably all banged up from frantically trying to climb out. Bless that kind soul for helping the guy or gal.

  48. Morfiwen says:

    If only there were more kind souls like the person who helped the poor little raccoon-guy.

    Did anyone, by any chance, watch the video in the related links called “Raccoon stealing a floormat”? priceless!

  49. Sweet video.

    Am I the only one who on first glance at the “branch” totally thought it was a side of beef or half a pig or something? I thought he was gonna say “I found this huge hunk of meat to feed it with”

    Clearly my brain isn’t processing data well yet today. 🙂

  50. radiantblue says:

    Happy tears, happy tears. I don’t give a flying fig if it is not PC these days to say”May God bless the man who took time to help a creature in need”. We need so many more people like him . If another kind of person had found him , there would have been one of those horrible animal cruelty stories on the nightly news. Bless this man. Please run more of these kind of stories. My faith in humanity is weakening. This is the cure.

  51. Theresa says:

    This guy gets a high place in heaven– right next to the guy who jumped down onto the subway tracks and brought up the scared kitten who became my beloved Stinky cat.

  52. Theresa says:

    PS, do go see the floormat thief video– it’s a scream. First of all, he’s got his high-beam eyes on; then he’s like, “Oh, a floormat! I must have eet! Kthnxbye!”

  53. woofysma says:

    Thanks, Theresa, you’re right – I laughed out loud at the floor mat thief. And the music is perfect!
    Yes, kudos to the good guy who found a way to get the racoon out of the dumpster. Clone that man!

  54. Awww, that is the sweetest thing!!!!

    Makes me feel good inside. BRAVO man with the tree limb and camera!!

  55. its hard to remember that there ARE a lot of good people out there in the world, sometimes I feel a bit pessimistic thinking the world in general lacks a conscious… but videos like this are hope and optimism!

  56. Aww…video no longer available.

  57. This made me cry. Thank you to the guy who thought enough to help the raccoon.

  58. Katrina says:


  59. Katrina says:

    The raccoon stealing the floormat is an instant classic- send it to millions of your friends…

  60. I looooved it!
    Raccoons are adorable little thief-masked cat-dog-combos. Too bad there are no raccoons here in Finland, only raccoon dogs which are almost as cute.

  61. That was just such a sweet thing to do for a helpless creature.

  62. If everyone acted like this, we would have world peace.

    [“Speak softly and carry a big stick”, you mean? – Ed.]

  63. His little face makes me so sad! I’m so glad he climbed out thanks to the kind stranger. He looked pitiful! I’m also glad said stranger used a tree branch and not his bare hands :o)

  64. yumyumjanitor says:

    How are they more of a ‘pest’ than humans? Give me a break.

    We need more guys like this in the world.

    Racoons are intelligent little things. I get sick when I see them dead on the side of the road.

  65. Lumpkinfig says:

    I agree. Yumy. I esp hate those long solid concrete barriers along the highway. There’s no possible way for the fur babies to cross!
    I cried at this video, and my husband almost did. What a kind soul this man has! : D

  66. Katrina says:

    Oh, Ninjin, if you have a picture(s) of a raccoon dog(s), everyone needs to see it(them). Are they wild or domesticated? They are so cute they will make you spit nickels sideways. They will create havoc in your soul. They are delightfully, unequivocally kyuoot. And, how different is Icelandic from Norwegian- are the similar? Thanks.

  67. Tears…pulsating happiness…warm ‘n fuzzy. What a great thing to do! Kudos friend of raccoon!

  68. yumyumjanitor – I agree…I always say, “Poor baby!”.

    As for all raccoons…I find them precious. I have woods behind my house and mama coons always bring their babies thru my yard. I enjoy them so. They use my bottle brush trees as flying trapeez/spring board! I have video of them playing and mama is trying to get them to learn to eat the bird seed but they are too busy tumbling about. Mama gets annoyed and walks off – babies look us and see mama leaving and they quickly scamper after her. Their hands – amazing!

  69. ann allums says:

    You’re a good man, Charlie Brown!!
    Thanks for caring


  70. Just adding my voice to all the others who were moved beyond measure by this great video. It IS easy to become cynical about people-but this guy is a real treasure. He didn’t want to keep the raccoon or play with him, just get him back home. Thank you for posting this!

  71. Catsquatch says:

    Oh RIGHT ON DUDE!!!!

    Excellent wonderful awesome way to help the poor scared little guy!

    You deserve a medal!
    Or at the very least, a cake ;D

  72. kel13123 says:

    great video, great comments, great start to the day 🙂 and lol @ Ed.: “Speak softly and carry a big stick” just took on a much better meaning for me

  73. “First I cried, and then I hugged my dog until she was annoyed. I love it when humans help animals.”
    Des, first I almost cried and then I hugged my hubby until he was annoyed. 🙂 He did agree, though, that the little furry fella was endearing.
    And Andrea, I too thought I saw a leg of a deer or something… What’s wrong with our imagination..? 😉

  74. Catsquatch says:

    Ok, reading the rest of the comments reminded me of my raccoon adventures.

    My cat Ra lives in my garage, he doesnt like the house.
    One night my husband went out to the garage for something and saw Ra curled up in his bed with a young raccoon.
    We named him Rocky of course.
    Rocky slept with Ra every night until he became too large to fit through the cat door.
    Rocky never behaved as a “pest”, he merely shared Ras food and water and kept him warm at night.
    One evening I wanted to get a better look at him, being a wild animal I hadnt been able to see him very well.
    I put a bowl of food next to the door, then sat about 2 feet away in the darkness of the doorway, and waited.
    Rocky strolled up, sat on his haunches, and began eating by grabbing a handful and cramming it into his mouth while his other hand was grabbing another mouthful to cram into his mouth.
    He ate for about 4 minutes, then finally saw me sitting there, stopped eating, stood up on his hind legs, sniffed at me to see what I smelled like, started at me for about 30 seconds, then settled back in and continued eating.
    When he was done he looked at me again and walked away.
    For about 3 days I tried to figure out why Rocky looked different than other raccoons, then it hit me.
    His tail was missing.
    I have no idea how he lost his tail, but I can imagine…
    We watched Rocky grow up in our garage, Ill always remember him.

  75. Andrea & Janni – I’m with you. I first thought it was some “meat” or something. Hah!

  76. Floormat raccoon was a HOOT! Hilarious! and the music was just PERFECT!!!

  77. Amanda B. says:

    this made me cry too, i love that little baby 😦 so scared..

  78. Shoot, someone already beat me to the proposal to this man. Please clone him immediately: compassion and sense!

  79. That man is AWESOME! There are good people in this world. **sniff**

  80. dieuestgrand says:

    Amy my hormonal sista, this made me cry too. I’m not sure whether it was the music or racoon’s eyes or the combination of both.

  81. /admits to tearing up a little.

  82. Oh…thank YOU so much for posting that video!

    What a lovely person that gentleman is. Applause!

    And what a lovely young raccoon. He’s learned a lesson that day.

    Best wishes, Morjana

  83. rockyRUHcoon (...checked into his room, only to find gideon's Bible) says:

    Am I the only one that giggled at this? The soundtrack was just too much.

    Props to helping out ‘coons though, yo.

  84. THANK YOU for saving this sweet baby!

  85. @Berthaservant: You sly dog, you!! I totally missed the meaning of the first line of your post!!!

    Mayhaps, it escaped Ed.????

  86. fuaijie says:

    that racoon looked so frightened in the dumpster. I’m so happy the guy saved him. I also started to cry

  87. TurboFloof says:

    YAY! Happy Ending!
    In addition to ‘Raccoon Stealing a Floormat’ is ‘Raccoon Trying to Steal Biscuits.’ Also in the YouTube lineup. More funny music, more funny raccoon antics – the face is pretty hilarious!

    Reminds me that they are pesky, but those big scared eyes in that original video – I gotz the tears a wellin’ too!

  88. lurkingsmirk says:

    Truly a good thing to do. I am deducting half my kudos though because while racoon was sad and scared in the dumpster the guy seems to have gone back to his place to get a camera so that he could record his goodness. Unless he had it on him the whole time?

  89. I too choked up, and I too thought the plank was meat.

    Lurkingsmirk, the guy probably had his cell phone with him and that’s how he recorded it.

  90. Note to self–buy floormat and install cat door to see if raccoon will come by. That was just fantastic! Thanks for the tip, people.

  91. sunnymum says:

    Well of course it’s been said a zillion times but I totally thank this guy for being compassionate. All the horrible things animals endure at the hands of humans, and here this little cute raccoon gets to be helped by one. Keeled me ded to see his scared eyes. Boy does he have a story to tell the gang (the raccoon I mean!)!

  92. Aww, that made me feel all warm and fuzzy =3

  93. Tears rolling down my cheeks. I love happy endings.

  94. That was fantastic. Nice work, Raccoon Saver!

  95. Thanks for making me cry!!

  96. @tarzankun – that made me LOL, big time!

  97. Yay for the good, good man who saved the raccoon! The raccoon’s little head hesitantly poking out of the dumpster was too much! And the Natalie Merchant sound track put me over the edge! And Des – I did exactly the same thing: I got all teary eyed and then hugged my dog until she got annoyed and went into the other room.

  98. Alicorn says:

    MAJOR props to this dude for savin’ the little guy!

    My faith in human nature is now a little bit restored. 🙂

  99. I LOVE YOU RACCOON SAVIOR DUDE!! Precious little thing, he looked so relieved.

  100. But, the music… a bit self-congratulatory, no?

    Isn’t there something about not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

  101. Blogeois says:

    BIG Kudos to the man who took time to help out. He deserves applause and a Cute Overload award or something. You guys DO have Cute Overload awards, don’t you? If not, you certainly should start one!

  102. rockyRUHcoon (...checked into his room, only to find gideon's Bible) says:

    Amen about the music, Gaily. Amen.

  103. p's mom says:

    Awesome. 🙂 Thanks so much for posting this!

  104. Awww…I don’t know, I think the music kinda works in this situation. That wonderful man had a wonderful voice — thank you kind stranger!

  105. Awwwwwww! Karma Points to the guy who saved the racoon. 😀

  106. So wonderful. It’s so nice to know kind people are still out there. Thanks for sharing!

  107. meh. Raccoons are not meant to be.

  108. I bawled. Thanks a lot.

  109. Cuute. What a big raccoon!!

  110. This should be dual-categorized as Cute or Sad? The poor little racoon looked like it was hunkered up waiting for death in the first half! ;_;

    [Happy ending, though… – Ed.]

  111. That was just plain nice of that guy. There are nice people out there.

  112. I sent the video to my friend who incidentally had done sort of the same thing with a raccoon in HER dumpster…only she used a plank, not a side of beef…I mean, tree limb. Yay for happy endings!!

  113. As an afterthought…if this happens fairly regularly, don’t you think they should install little ladders inside dumpsters????

  114. xasperated says:

    The risk of rabies in dealing with raccoons is highly overblown (at least in my state). You can check out the statistics for your own state by doing a simple search for the information. I’m not suggesting raccoons be made into pets, snorgled, or otherwise interacted with, just trying to deflect some of the hatred they endure. If you happen to see one in the daytime, it doesn’t mean it’s rabid. They will venture out for food when hungry, even during the day if necessary. This is especially true of nursing mothers. Please be kind and let them go about their business in peace. Many thanks to the man in the video!

  115. Mary (the first) says:

    Very nice of the man to get the raccoon out. They are typically nocturnal so lucky he woke up to climb on out. I also have had raccys in house (never saw it but heard it come in cat door and also saw food in the cat water dish.. now the cats don’t put their food in the dish so I know it was a young racoon) and back yard. They are cute but still don’t get too close, generally speaking.

  116. Mary (the first) says:

    ok now I watched the video of the rac. stealing floor mat and I can’t help wondering what in the heck is he goign to do with it???

  117. b nicer says:

    Went to sleep thinking about how very wonderful this guy was to help the raccoon escape his crushing garbage truck doom. Good things come to good people so he is due a big one!

  118. anomalous4 says:

    I can just hear this little guy thinking:


  119. carltonbankz says:

    My only complaint was that this video was TOO SHORT. Meanwhile, what was the deal with that musical score? The raccoon couldn’t voice his thanks to you and so you supplanted his voice with Lisa Loeb’s? Great job, buddy. Talk about self-aggrandizmentz!Seriously. You helped a little raccoon and you made a video that I really really want to watch more of.

  120. Gillian says:

    OMG. How am I just now seeing this.

    That was so cute I CRIEEEEED.

    At first I thought the little guy was just taking a nap in his pantry. But he looked really relieved to have that branch to climb out on.

    Cute cute cute.