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Baby Raccoons Rescued From Airport Fountain

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 21, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Two raccoons had to be retrieved from the fountain in front of the Blue Grass Airport terminal.

“Out at the Blue Grass Airport, they found a baby raccoon out in the fountain, just out in front of the terminal. The Blue Grass Airport called us and brought the raccoon to us,” said Ryan Davis, the marketing director for the Kentucky Wildlife Center.

Last Wednesday, Howard Hughes was retrieved from the fountain. Then a few days later, they found his brother, Rupert. Now Howard and Rupert Hughes are at the Kentucky Wildlife Center.

Davis said that their mother was found dead, hit by a car near the airport.

Now, the baby siblings are spending time in the Kentucky Wildlife Center’s nursery and with staff.

“One of our staff members takes them home, and just kind of keeps a close eye on them, and makes sure they’re getting the appropriate amount of food and everything’s going well with that too,” said Davis.

The raccoons will be at the wildlife center for about four months before being released into the wild.

If you ever come across a wild animal that needs to be picked up, you can call the Kentucky Wildlife Center at (859) 983-4330.