Thursday, 3 October 2013

Raccoon survives month at sea by eating cardboard

A stowaway raccoon is thought to have survived a month at sea by eating cardboard.

Curious Meeko got in a container in Davenport, Iowa, US, that was sent by rail to Halifax in Canada and shipped to Liverpool.

The cargo was driven to Ebbw Vale in South Wales, where workers found a furry extra in their machine parts order.

‘She was really thin when she arrived but is starting to put some weight on,’ said Jan Garen, who has given Meeko a home at Wales Ape and Monkey sanctuary, in Abercrave.

‘She is getting used to us but she has had a rough ride. She was locked in that container for four weeks and somehow survived by drinking condensation and eating cardboard.

‘It’s obvious that she wasn’t a pet, she’s a wild animal so she has to be handled very carefully.’

Her new parents now plan to build a permanent home for the cheeky critter, who is slowly returning to full health, at the Welsh sanctuary.

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